Serzh Sargsyan's Next Step Will Be Tougher

Arman Galoyan

Story from Lragir.am News:
http://www.lragir.am/engsrc/country27421.html

Published: 10:39:26 - 19/09/2012

Interview with Hovhannes Sahakyan, Secretary of the Republican
parliamentary group

During the meeting with the government, Serzh Sargsyan criticized
toughly the government saying that he has been warning the prime
minister about all the issues for four years. In this case, why did he
reappoint Tigran Sargsyan as prime minister if he was dissatisfied
with his work so far?

I think it's wrong to interpret Serzh Sargsyan's words in different
contexts. As the head of state, he made his evaluation and requested
to solve all the issues in a short period of time. Yes, some work has
been done over these four years and the president evaluated it
negatively. He has the right to make evaluations and demand more. This
should be an additional impetus to be sober and to be alert.

But Serzh Sargsyan says that he was dissatisfied with the prime
minister's work for the past four years. Then why did he reappoint
him?

I understand the context of your question. There have been statements
by political figures on the political context and that this is a
pre-election issue. If this step was propaganda, then we would witness
more abrupt developments such as resignations in the government. But
Serzh Sargsyan's words should be perceived as constructive and
working.

This is not the only time when the president had arguments or an
opinion and criticized explicitly. He has criticized the Council of
justice, the Police. There is no need for intrigues. If he sacked the
premier, everyone would say that it is part of the presidential
campaign. Meanwhile, Serzh Sargsyan evaluated the state of affairs and
gave relevant instructions. If no changes are reports follow, he will
act respectively.

Can we assume there will be the PM's or the government's resignation soon?

I can't say that. The resignation of the PM and the government is a
function of the president. Today, there is not such an issue on the
RPA agenda.

Many people think the PM should resign after this.

If no specific steps are taken after that consultation, it is clear
that Serzh Sargsyan's next step will be tougher and more tangible. It
is within Serzh Sargsyan's competences to decide on the step.

You voted for this government and its program. Do you feel responsible
for the activities of the government you approved?

The government is a team part of which is in the executive and the
other part in the legislature, so it is a team responsibility. It has
nothing to do with whether I'm an MP or whether I voted for or against
the government program. We have never blamed others for our problems
and failures.

Actually Tigran Sargsyan has made no conclusion from Serzh Sargsyan's
speeches for the past four years. Will he do it this time?

I'm sure conclusions have already been drawn.

How do you feel about the fact that Serzh Sargsyan talked so
informally with the ministers calling them by their names - Tigran,
Samvel, Seyran, Dero...

I don't think it is a correct to comment on Serzh Sargsyan's steps and
words. But I think it was a friendly talk, he trusts those people and
has appointed them ministers.