MANY PEOPLE IN SERGE SARGSIAN'S ENVIRONMENT HAVE INNER PROTEST CONNECTED WITH COALITION, AGHASI YENOKIAN SAYS

Noyan Tapan
April 2, 2008

YEREVAN, APRIL 2, NOYAN TAPAN. According to political scientist Aghasi
Yenokian, the issue of the newly elected President's legitimacy is
the basis of the latest events in Armenia's domestic policy. As he
mentioned at the April 2 discussion, in general, legitimate power
enjoys confidence of people, which cannot be said about Prime Minister
Serge Sargsian, who is the newly elected President. Besides, according
to A. Yenokian, the state bodies aggravate the post-electoral passions
for even more: the Police have been turned into a punitive structure,
the tax service into an oppressive structure, and TV media into a
structure spreading misinformation.

A. Yenokian said that as far back as before the presidential elections
people's discontent was evident for the authorities and they "created"
pseudo-opposition candidates, Artur Baghdasarian, Vazgen Manukian,
Tigran Karapetian, which "took away" votes from opposition forces.

Touching upon the quadrilateral coalition created after the
elections, the political scientist gave assurance that it has a
pure mechanical nature and will not contribute to overcoming of the
political crisis. Besides, according to A. Yenokian, many people in
S. Sargsian's environment "are disappointed and have an inner protest,"
as they "worked" for him, beat people, rigged ballot-papers, but
now a large part of posts should be distributed among other forces -
coalition members.

In response to the question of whether it is possible that
S. Sargsian assuming President's post will implement large-scale
reforms, A. Yenokian answered negatively adding that the "task of
the authorities is to keep the robber system."