Author: A. Memmadov

TREND Information, Azerbaijan
May 2 2006

Armenia's current president Robert Kocharyan is not going to retire,
reportedly said independent MP Manuk Gasparyan.

Trend reports quoting Gasparyan, almost two years prior to the
presidential elections Kocharyan did not choose his successor from
the country's politicians. "In case he manages to become Armenia's
prime-minister after the elections, he will do his best to hand the
power to the weaker politician and control him", - Gasparyan claims.

Armenian MP said also in such case Kocharyan would not attempt to
hand the power to Armenia's defense minister Serzh Sarkisyan.

Alongside, MP opines, the country's prime-minister Andranik Markaryan
won't stay ten days on his post after the elections. "This man is just
a political puppet", - Gasparyan said, adding that the best for the
head of the government will be post of parliamentary fraction leader
or a president of parliament.

MP also predicts that following parliamentary elections in Armenia
leadership will remain with Republican Party, followed by Flourishing
Armenia and National Unity of Artashes Gegamyan.

Armenia is waiting for parliamentary and presidential elections in
2007 and 2008, respectively, ARKA reports.