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Sarkisian Vows ‘New Atmosphere’ In Armenia


Armenia - President Serzh Sarkisian (C) talks to voters on a campaign trip to Aragatsotn province, 20Apr2012.

Armenia - President Serzh Sarkisian (C) talks to voters on a campaign trip to Aragatsotn province, 20Apr2012.

President Serzh Sarkisian insisted on Monday that he and his Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) have been working hard to create a “new and truly positive” political climate in the country.

“We are saying that it’s about time we irreversibly changed the atmosphere in our political life,” Sarkisian said, campaigning for the HHK in Yerevan’s northern Nor Nork district. “I personally and the entire Republican Party have done everything to establish a new and truly positive atmosphere in Armenia. We will continue doing that.”

“We will continue building bridges of cooperation and looking for and finding points of convergence with all interested parties,” he said, stressing the need for long-term political stability.

That stability has been undermined by successive Armenian governments’ controversial handling of elections leading to opposition allegations of vote rigging. Sarkisian reiterated that his administration is committed to holding “good elections” on May 6 and dismissed claims to the contrary made by government critics.

“Let skeptics look at the Republican Party and see that we are the leading political force that has recruited intellectuals, young people, and women,” the HHK leader told Nor Nork voters. “Let skeptics look at the Republican Party and see that we have also been open to cooperation with non-partisan individuals and those affiliated with other parties.”

Sarkisian seemed to refer to his party’s list of election candidates criticized by the opposition and pro-opposition media. The latter emphasize the fact that most HHK candidates are longtime government loyalists.
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