WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE NEW GOVERNMENT?
04.10.2016
12:00
Ara Papyan, Founder and Head of the “Modus Vivendi Center”, Diplomat, Armen Baghdasaryan, Political Analyst, Armen Badalyan, Political Technologist, participated in the discussion “What to expect from the new government” at Media Center.

Referring to the changes and the newly appointed Prime Minister of Armenia, Avetik Ishkhanyan said that the mayor seems quite a likable man.

“But in general, the situation will change in Armenia if some enthusiastic team, a team of devotees will be ready even for self-sacrifice. Is Karen Karapetyan that person? Does he have that vision? We at least should have heard his concerns and the vision of how the situation might change. Maybe he is a good technologist, but it is not sufficient. Is Karen Karapetyan free in his decisions? Is he given the carte blanche? Does he have his followers and supporters? Did he build his team with them? Does he have the support of the National Assembly that seek to change all that? These are questions that remain without answers,” Ishkhanyan said.

Political analyst Armen Baghdasaryan said that all the problems facing the economy of Armenia have political reasons. block, monopolies, corruption and so on. 

“Political problems can be solved only by political team. The new government consists of technocrats, good managers, but not a political team and the non-political team cannot resolve political problems. Karen Karapetyan is a good showman, but the economy will not be developed as a result of that. If problems are political, the political team should be changed, and they divert the society by their public shows,” Baghdasaryan said.  

According to Ishkhanyan, the economic situation will improve in Armenian only if the society realizes that political changes are necessary, and that government “gives hopes to the society and prolongs that process.”

“We are delaying this process due to the shows of the new government. This is not a political team, this is a group of people with different interests. Karen Karapteyan is more experienced than Hovik Abrahmayn, more knowledgeable, he will run the sessions more courteously, but if the country's political direction is not changed, it is opposed to the West, nothing will change. Karen Karapetyan's appointment was not accepted well by the West and was perceived as pressure from Russia, a control over Armenia. Karen Karapetyan was perceived as a man of Russia take up the situation in his hand,” Baghdasaryan said. 

Armen Badalyan believes that the principle of forming a new government is like the principle of formation of the public corporation's board of directors of the governing body and who has the majority of stakes, he appointes.

“Most of the shares of Armenia belongs to Russia, he appointes by the Chairman of Board of Directors – the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Russia would not allow to have independent foreign policy. That's why he introduced his minister, the prime minister appointed the ministers of the economic bloc. This is the designation of Russian shares. The West also received shares – the Defense Minister candidate who is a more desirable candidate for the West. He has an education at the United States and has some contacts,” Badalyan said.

Ara Papian, talking about the appointment of Edward Nalbandian stressed that it occurred as a result of external pressure, because he serves for Russia's interests directly.

“Hence the Defense minister was changed and Vigen Sargsyan was appointed. MFA is the number one political ministry, he offers options to the President, he gives advice. As for the Ministry of Defense, it had taken some diplomatic missions as a result of the passivity of the Foreign Ministry and conducts certain activities to invite not only military attaches, but also various ambassadors. Vigen Sargsyan's appointment as the Defense Minister would increase the diplomatic component," Papyan said.  

Lilit Arakelyan, editor/events coordinator at “Media Center”

To contact the author please send an email to lilitarakelyan@pjc.am.

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