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By Hovannes Shoghikian

A senior member of the ruling party has put beyond all doubt the victory of their candidate in next year’s presidential elections.

Talking to reporters on Wednesday MP Galust Sahakian of the Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) said everyone “should put up with the thought that the Republicans will have their crucial role in the upcoming presidential election and will have their candidate elected president.”

“All other issues can be solved in the political field through cooperation,” he added vaguely.

Sahakian described as ‘finicality’ the ongoing consultations among opposition leaders and predicted that their efforts to agree on a single candidate would end in nothing.

The HHK member gives the opposition leaders a chance to put up some struggle only if they manage to use effectively the quarter of the popular vote that they received during last May’s parliamentary elections.

“It is accepted in Armenia that if someone is a party leader, he can be a presidential candidate. There is no such thing,” Sahakian said, adding that the opposition cannot expect to receive any significant popular support under the given “political condition.”

Sahakian admitted that he feels ‘very bad’ when opposition forces speculate on the name of Armenia’s first president Levon Ter-Petrosian ahead of the presidential election, but added: “Of course, if Levon Ter-Petrosian is nominated, our strategy will change a little, but the result will be the same.”
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