In his 1 hour-long speech on the November 16 radical opposition rally, the First President of Armenia Levon Ter-Petrossian addressed the charges, claims and accusations brought against him by the supporters of the current administration, especially President Robert Kocharyan and Prime Ministers Serge Sargsyan, responding to them mostly using extracts from documents written by Robert Kocharyan or under his supervision, thus clearly depicting the incumbent president as a liar, person deprived of principles and any sense of decency. The First president avoided even addressing any of the charges by Serge Sargsyan, bouncing them back by saying, that all these charges are as much addressed to Serge Sargsyan himself, as a key member of Ter-Petrossian’s government. The First President didn’t sound sorry at all, when saying “sorry” only for bringing Kocharyan and Sargsyan into the Armenian government, which he called a “disaster”.
The rest of the speech, which was up on A1plus website only 30 minutes after the rally, concentrated on the necessity for improving the current election system by establishing professional electoral committees instead of the current party-based structure and printing the ballot papers outside of Armenia.
Ter-Petrossian again declared his goal for contesting the elections [I have translated this bit, trying to be as literal and close to the original text as possible]:
My goal and the goal of all political forces supporting me, is not gaining high offices. Our only goal instead is impeding the regeneration of the current criminal administration. Our only desire is to have a normal, civilized, rule of law state, and to insure the security, freedom and prosperity of our people, our children and our grandchildren.
So in order to dismiss any doubts, that we have any goals other than this, I also officially state the following: exactly three years after getting the post of president of the Republic of Armenia, I am prepared to abandon politics forever, giving you the possibility to elect a new president of the country in a fully free and legitimate election.  I need the three year period to clear up these Augean Stables and put the country on normal tracks. By saying normal tracks, I understand a wide-ranging program of actions, which I will present to you in my further speeches and publications.
The rally was crowded – there were at least as many people as during the previous one, perhaps more, although it was really hard to judge because of two stages installed there by the joint efforts of the Republican party and Yerevan municipality to accommodate the concert scheduled for Saturday 17th, the next day of the opposition rally. I estimated more then 15,000 people at first, and apparently the number of participants grew towards the end. This squeezed people into the remaining space, and seemed to create an effect of having more then usual amount of people. The stage had been kindly provided to the opposition to use – and it seemed that Republicans are doing great service to the opposition, by providing their equipment, lights, projectors, etc.
The crowd was also more inspired – responding to the speech very enthusiastically, at least in the tight center where I was standing, and for a moment I felt inspired and elated. I felt, that it’s great after all, that Ter-Petrossian decided to come back – the political struggle has become so much more interesting by that. LTP is definitely much more charismatic and a better speaker then any of the politicians in the opposing camp – and today I felt for the first time ever, that he might actually have a chance of winning, because compared to him, Serge Sargsyan seems dull and weak to say the least.
Now, when I soberly view the video’s I’ve made during the rally and read the text of the speech, I can’t seem to understand, why was I feeling so good about him? LTP didn’t say anything new about the accusations brought against him. Speaking of the 2007 Parliamentary elections and electoral system changes he only reiterated Nikol Pashinyan’s claims, which back in May only roused my smile. And yet, somehow, the man had full control of my emotions – I felt I want him to be president!? Charisma? Magic? Whatever it was, he will badly need a lot more of it – because I still don’t see more then 10% change of the First President’s comeback, and I see close to 0% of reasons, for him to even attempt it at this point.