Levon Ter-Petrosyan does not rule out coalition with Robert Kocharyan

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YEREVAN, June 10. /ARKA/. Armenia’s first post-Soviet president Levon Ter-Petrosyan, who tops the electoral list of the Armenian National Congress for the June 20 early parliamentary elections, did not rule out forming a coalition with his successor Robert Kocharyan, who tops the electoral list of an alliance comprising the Reviving Armenia and the Armenia Revolutionary Federation (ARF) parties.

“If a situation arises in parliament when none of the parties will have enough seats to form a coalition government, the Armenian National Congress we will be forced to make a coalition. Let us wait and see. I am always for solidarity and coalitions,” he said at a press conference.

However, Ter-Petrosyan added that coalitions is a phenomenon that creates new problems for Armenia, because of which the country can become one of the states where several governments are replaced during the year.

“This is a bad option, but if there is no other way out, we should try it,” he said.

Speaking at its party’s gathering in May, Ter-Petrosyan said it was important to prevent the current caretaker Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s Civil Contract party from winning the polls.

In his words, this task would have been easier to fulfill if two other former presidents (Robert Kocharyan and Serzh Sargsyan) would not have declined his proposal to join efforts to topple Pashinyan’s administration.

He said the political standoff will continue if the elections are won either by an alliance led by Kocharyna or Pashinyan’s Civil Contract.

This, according to Ter-Petrosyan, will not allow the next government to solve urgent problems as the internal instability will continue, and the pace of emigration will accelerate. -0-

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