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Ruling Party ‘Confident’ About Tsarukian Support


Armenia -- Samvel Nikoyan, a deputy parliament speaker and senior member of the ruling Republican Party.

Armenia -- Samvel Nikoyan, a deputy parliament speaker and senior member of the ruling Republican Party.

The Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK), a key member of President Serzh Sarkisian’s governing coalition, will eventually throw its weight behind his reelection bid, a senior representative of his Republican Party (HHK) predicted on Tuesday.


“I think that would be very natural, and the sensible logic of [ongoing] processes will lead to that,” Samvel Nikoyan, a deputy parliament speaker, told RFE/RL’s Armenian service.

Nikoyan did not deny media reports that the BHK, the HHK and the third coalition party, Orinats Yerkir, will sign a relevant memorandum later this week. “Processes in the political arena must be predictable for everyone, including partners and the public,” he said.

“Predictability is part of any partnership. Each partner must have a clear idea of the other’s intentions,” added the vice-speaker.

Despite mounting pressure from the HHK, the BHK and its top leader, businessman Gagik Tsarukian, have so far been reluctant to promise to support for Sarkisian’s candidacy in the next presidential election due in 2013. Tsarukian made no such pledge at a weekend congress of his party attended by the president.

Nikoyan insisted that this did not come as a surprise for the presidential party. “Because they have repeatedly stated that this will be their regular, very ordinary congress and that it will see no sensational statements,” he said.
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