Spokesman for the Republican Party Eduard Sharmazanov says it is not bad to nominate businessmen in constituencies.
No one says businessman is bad. Simply the Constitution states that a businessman is not eligible for parliament. In the meantime, the Republican Party promotes a candidate who resigned from the position of Chief of Staff of the president’s administration to run his business and not to deal with politics anymore.
Karen Karapetyan will run for parliament in Tashir Town and will become Member of Parliament. Karen Karapetyan did not say anything about returning to politics.
The presence of businessmen-MPs is not good or bad, it is a violation of the Constitution, as well as renouncement of political statements and principles.
Since the lack of respect for the society is at least ridiculous when Serzh and Tigran Sargsyans are determined not to include businessmen in the Republican Party list of the RPA but nominate them in the constituency.
It means they are fooling the society, they think people do not understand the tactics of the government.
Meanwhile, this tactics is not only clear but also simple. The party list was made to imitate changes and reserve the constituencies to build up the trust of the criminal and oligarchic system and not to let them rebel against the power.
Actually, Serzh Sargsyan failed to solve the issue of removing oligarchs from government. In fact, he could have solved it during his first term, especially if he is not entwined with the system at the roots.
Serzh Sargsyan failed. During his first term he could have established the internal balance of powers. It seems to be in place. There is an apparent competition between the wings of the government. It is not only about the RPA-PAP race but the internal political competition, in general.
Serzh Sargsyan did not ensure this competition and it did not occur upon his will. This competition was enabled by the public and political situation during his tenure. Perhaps, Serzh Sargsyan’s “merit” is that he did not hinder those trends and perhaps the public and international developments prevented him.
The result was a clash of interests inside the government in which the awareness of public interest is acquiring more importance. It may be a veil of fight for the government and oligarchs but the government’s frequent references to public interests indicates a change of the situation.
No doubt the public interest will gradually transform from being a veil into a necessity. The upcoming parliamentary election will most probably come to “seal” this situation.
It has no direct relationship to the public and state interest but when there is not an influential process related to interests, it is perhaps good that new processes started, new groups appeared inside the government which refer to the public interest at least in the framework of the internal fight in the government and prefer public mechanisms of force and violence as a tool.
It is also up to the society to benefit from it. And it is a positive fact that crucial processes are happening within the society which have no purpose to benefit from the internal governmental situation. This is an independent process based on public awareness, uplifting of ideas, progress of information technologies but this fact provides the possibility to use the clash of interests for public and state interests.
The parliamentary elections will not put an end or finalize this but will launch a new stage. Though the parliamentary elections are apparently very sad and hopeless, they will make the trend irreversible during Serzh Sargsyan’s first term. The next 4 to 5 years will be spent on the institutionalization of these trends.