Former President Robert Kocharian expressed concern on Tuesday about the Armenian government’s unfolding dialogue with the main opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK), saying that it could result in a dangerous “collusion behind the voters’ back,” RFE/RL reports.
“If the dialogue concerns establishment of civilized rules of political struggle and renouncement of its radicalization, of course, my assessment is positive,” Kocharian said, arguing that political stability is good for economic development and the conduct of democratic elections. (Yes, you read right!)
“But if the dialogue concerns parameters of imitation of political struggle (for corresponding bonuses), this is most likely a collusion behind the voters’ back,” he warned. “This, by the way, is a direct path to standstill and growth of corruption, since the opposition immediately stops fulfilling its main function, namely prompting the authorities to work better and restraining their appetite. People would be the ones to pay for that collusion with their already scanty resources.”
I find it amazing, how the former President, known for his arrogance towards the people, suddenly remembers them. In one single interview, he has used the word ‘people’ more times, than during years of his presidency.
Is it because he sees a deal between opposition and the authorities could threaten his precious skin? Or is it because, for some reason, he seems to think, that he stands a chance if he runs for presidential office again?
Whatever the reason, Kocharian seems to think, that his period of presidency “stood out by positive changes in the quality of people’s lives.”
“It is obvious that over the past years the level of people’s life significantly deteriorated, and irrespective of objective or subjective factors of that deterioration, people are inclined to compare. And the more ordinary people compare, the harder the politically committed opponents try to discredit me. Unfortunately this is the internal logics of the current processes, which does not much depend on my activity. I am sure that the people is not that naïve not to understand that,” Kocharian has said.