Will the 2008 Presidential Elections be Bi-Polar?

Via Echannel: The 11th RPA convention resolved to nominate the party chairman and Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan for the presidential elections to be held on February 19, 2008.
With Levon Ter-Petrossian, the first president of Armenia having announced about his decision to run for President back in October, this announcement coming from the Republican party makes the elections officially bi-polar: there are no doubts anymore, that the two main contenders for the post will be Serge Sargsyan and Levon Ter-Petrossian.
Interestingly a recent poll conducted by British ComRes pollster shows us, that there are at least 3 opposition figures who are ahead of Ter-Petrossian in their rating. However, the fact that Serge Sargsyan dedicated a part of his speech especially answering the First President’s speech on October 26 are a clear indicator, that for him LTP is the only real opponent.

“Levon Ter-Petrossian has so much lost the sense of reality that advises me and the president of the Republic to leave the area of politics. In order to reply in kind, I am going to give a piece of advice as well… It would be better for him to repent, to ask the Armenian people for forgiveness for his, mildly speaking, mistakes. I am sure he is not going to do that since he is full of malice and has irrevocably fallen back from the course of life. His desperate attempts to get back to the presidential office have only one objective, which is not to serve his country and the people in that position but to take revenge on everybody who has ever hurt his feelings,” the RPA chairman said.
Serge Sargsyan also spoke about Armenia that he envisaged 5 years after the elections.
“For any Armenian family, education and knowledge will be the value in biggest demand. Mutual respect, love and leniency will be an inseparable part of our way of life. I see strong, large, traditional Armenian families as a pattern. The income of Armenian families will be at least doubled. Any new family will have a chance to obtain an apartment and a car. I assure you that these objectives are realistic and possible to implement. Thus, let’s go forward towards Armenia of victories, to a winning Armenia,” concluded his speech Serzh Sargsyan, the presidential candidate nominated by RPA.

OK, so now we’re all going populist and stuff? 🙂

Artur Papyan

Journalist, blogger, digital security and media consultant


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