President Serzh Sarkisian will seek a second term in office in the next presidential election due in 2013, a leading member of his Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) said on Friday.
Galust Sahakian, who leads the HHK faction in parliament, said Sarkisian’s track record in power is already “satisfactory” enough for winning reelection. “I am confident about that because the majority of political forces, especially the opposition front, know only the names of a few streets in Yerevan,” he told a news conference.
“They are not fighting inside the society. They are only saying, ‘You guys leave power and let us get it because we miss power.’”
That Sarkisian, who was elected president in February 2008 amid opposition allegations of vote rigging, will be seeking reelection was also asserted last December by another senior HHK figure, parliament speaker Hovik Abrahamian. “There will be another [presidential] election [in 2013] and Serzh Sarkisian will get elected,” he said.
Abrahamian vowed to “do everything to help him get elected” as he dismissed rumors that is keen to gain a more important position in Armenia’s leadership by undercutting Sarkisian and has teamed up with former President Robert Kocharian for that purpose. Kocharian has fuelled more talk of his alleged desire to return to power lately by criticizing the current Armenian government’s economic policies.
“It is unlikely that Robert Kocharian and Serzh Sarkisian will both stand [in the election,]” insisted Sahakian. He said Sarkisian is successfully ensuring “continuity” in Armenian government policies.
Sahakian also dismissed as “empty dreams” opposition claims that Armenia may well see fresh presidential and parliamentary elections soon.