By Rashid Shirinov
The Republican party of Armenia, which is led by the President Sargsyan, risks to lose its power at the National Assembly of the country. The reason is that a new bloc has been formed in Armenia in the run-up to parliamentary elections scheduled for April 2.
At the recent meeting, the Board of the Heritage party made a decision to join the bloc created by the former Foreign Minister of Armenia Vartan Oskanyan and former Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan.
Following the decision, Seyran Ohanyan, Vartan Oskanian and Raffi Hovannisian signed a Memorandum on cooperation and the establishment of an electoral bloc with the Heritage and Consolidation parties of Armenia.
“Three political figures will unite efforts to form the power of a new quality and for a radical change in the country,” said the Deputy Chairman of the Heritage party Armen Martirosyan.
He announced that the Justice and People’s parties, as well as a number of public organizations, joined the bloc.
Thus, increasing numbers of political sides gather together to confront Serzh Sargsyan and his entourage. It is likely that the Armenians will follow them too, as they are tired of suffering from the illogical and harmful policy of the current Armenian government.
The Armenian president, who is holding the post for almost nine years, constantly loses popularity in his country.
The power of a state consists of the authority of its leadership and of its attitude to the people. But Sargsyan has neither gained that authority nor improved the life of Armenians.
The poor economic indices of this Caucasian country and worsening life leaves no choice for the people but to migrate. The national debt of Armenia approaches to $6 billion, the 18-percent unemployment rate is the highest in the CIS area, and the state budget suffers from deficit every year. Furthermore, the GDP of Armenia has fallen by more than a billion dollars since 2008. That's what Sargsyan will leave in heritage for the nation after two terms in office as the president.
In addition, Armenia was issued three new credits for $180 million at the end of 2016, which shows that the government, and personally Sargsyan, cannot find a way to give an impetus to the Armenian economy, but to drag it into a deeper hole.
All these failures tremendously weakens the Armenian government, thus instigating numerous protests against the current authorities Armenians refuse to stay here – about 60,000 people left Armenia in 2016, while this number was near to 50,000 in 2015.
Increasing demands for the resignation of Sargsyan testifies for loss of credibility of the current government.
İn late 2016, Armenians shared several unflattering photos, in which they showed all the contempt for the president. For example, in one of the photos Sargsyan was shot while making the New Year congratulation on TV, and there were obscene gestures in the foreground, showing what people think about their president.
Another photo was taken during the protest of mothers whose sons died in non-combat conditions in the Armenian army. Sargsyan had met with the mothers and pledged to establish justice for their children, but, as usual, did not fulfill his promises. To protest, the women gathered in front of the president’s residence and burned and trampled the photos of Sargsyan from their meeting.
The policy of the Armenian government, which intends to preserve the status quo in Nagorno-Karabakh, isn't supported by majority of Armenians; therefore, people gather in front of government buildings to show the authorities their protest. However, their calls are, as always, being left without attention. Due to this, thousands of Armenian young men are being sent for military service in Nagorno-Karabakh where some of them become victims of the Armenia-incited war.
Even if Sargsyan had some remains of authority, by the end of 2016 he lost them too. So, now it's high time for the president to sit and think twice about his policy leading nowhere.
Rashid Shirinov is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow him on Twitter: @RashidShirinov
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