By Ruzanna Stepanian
A spokesman for opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian on Friday criticized President Serzh Sarkisian’s speech at a congress of the pro-government Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK), saying that it was gravely short on substance.
Arman Musinian claimed that Sarkisian, who defended his internal and foreign policies against opposition criticism, skirted key challenges facing Armenia in the speech. Musinian said the main purpose of his appearance at the BHK gathering was to show that he is in full control of Armenian politics and the BHK in particular.
“I think that Serzh Sarkisian thereby wanted to show to whom the Prosperous Armenia Party belongs or to whom it does not belong,” Musinian told a news conference. He said the president sought to dispel the widely held belief that the BHK is controlled by former President Robert Kocharian. “I think [Sarkisian] will have more occasions in the future to show that he is the sole leader,” added Musinian.
Ter-Petrosian’s press secretary also claimed that the Armenian authorities are now weaker than they were before the February 2008 presidential election and are increasingly riven by internal disagreements. “Disagreements within the authority will increasingly deepen,” he said. “You are going to see their vivid manifestations.”