Armenia needs a restart, political analyst Alexander Iskandaryan says

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YEREVAN, December 18. /ARKA/. Armenia is plunged now deep into a political crisis and needs to make a restart, the director of the Yerevan-based Caucasus Institute Alexander Iskandaryan said on Friday.

“The problem is not about negotiations with Azerbaijan or the armed forces. Armenia is experiencing a deep political crisis and needs to make a restart, to build new foundations. The problem is about creating, not destroying,” Iskandaryan said.

In his opinion, it is difficult to say now for whom the Armenian citizens would vote for if there were elections tomorrow. Iskandaryan is sure that at the moment there is no person who could choose the correct political line and negotiate with Azerbaijan.

“Almost all Armenian political forces are working to destroy the foundation that, at the very least, has been created over the last 30 years, to tear society apart, and not to unite,” Iskandaryan said.

The political scientist is sure that those people who go to streets to join anti-government rallies are united “exclusively on a negative basis.”

Speaking about the “Pashinyan phenomenon,” Iskandaryan said the government needs to be changed, but ‘we need to approach this much more seriously than simply “remove the obstacle”.

“There is such a concept as“unknown parliament.” Probably, in the history of Armenia there has never been such a parliament, so unknown to the population. If Pashinyan had proposed completely other people as candidates for MPs, he would have been elected with exactly the same percentage of support, because it was not him who was elected, but the mood that was there at that time. This is a primitive approach to politics and personification of political reality,” Iskandaryan said.

Armenian opposition parties, including two parliament represented Prosperous Armenia and Bright Armenia have been demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan since November 10 when he signed a statement with Russia’s Putin and Azerbaijan’s Aliyev to stop the war in Nagorno-Karabakh. Under the statement, Armenian troops were withdrawn from all seven regions surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh.

Opposition parties want a transitional government that would organize early parliamentary elections. Their candidate for the post of transitional prime minister is Armenia’s first post-Soviet prime minister Vazgen Manukyan.

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