Aghvan Vardanyan on the Constitutional Changes
17.11.2015
13:30
Aghvan Vardanyan says the proposed constitutional changes nail three principles the Armenian Revolutionary Federation prioritizes: namely the adoption of the parliamentary system, complete Proportional representation voting and enhancing the opposition’s role in the government.

The Media Center hosted Aghvan Vardanyan, Secretary of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaktsutyun Faction.

“Everyone who says NO to this Constitution unintentionally says YES to the current Constitution which they voted against in 2005,” said Vardanyan.

The project reflects as much as 90 percent of the approaches of ARF-Dashnaktsutyun and showcases the two-year tough work.

Aghvan Vardanyan believes President Serzh Sargsyan will not stay for another term. “He has already stated that he does not claim the post of Prime Minister and neither the President challenges the post of Speaker. The next Parliamentary elections are scheduled for 2017 while Serzh Sargsyan’s term ends in 2018. Theoretically, Sargsyan may include his name in the Republican Party’s list in some 202 line and if in 2018 the other preceding 150-160 participants recuse themselves, he may have a post in the future government. But it is absurd.” 

It is impossible that in the 21st century Armenia may become a single-party state given Armenia is a member of several international organizations, and this argument cannot be serious.

Aghvan Vardanyan reaffirmed the commitment of ARF-Dashnaktsutyun, along with other opposition forces, to fight against election fraud, and that the controversies between the NO Front and ARF-Dashnaktsutyun will not hinder the possible further cooperation.Vardanyan believes it possible that ARF Dashnaktsutyun may form a coalition with the authorities following the referendum given their positions coincide on main principles.

Arevik Sahakyan, Discussions Coordinator

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