The press reported that Gagik Tsarukyan will not attend the meetings of parliament until Tigran Sargsyan is dismissed. He also said that PAP would vote for any nominee except Tigran Sargsyan.
At least Gagik Tsarukyan “officially” clarified the situation following the elections. Two weeks of “mysterious” silence followed which was not explained by the RPA or the PAP, and it was assumed that the RPA and the PAP were negotiating. In fact, the topic of negotiations was nomination of prime minister as earlier Vartan Oskanian had stated that the parliamentary election would make a decision on the nomination of prime minister.
There were press reports that during this two-week period Gagik Tsarukyan presented an “ultimatum” to Serzh Sargsyan. Most probably, the content was what the PAP demanded in return for supporting Serzh Sargsyan. However, apparently the demands were unacceptable and Serzh Sargsyan refused PAP.
It is hard to guess the follow-up of the interrupted negotiations. During this time Serzh Sargsyan had action brought against Vartan Oskanian and his Civilitas, which will have side effects, as experts say, and aims to weaken PAP and Tsarukyan. For its part, PAP focused on the prime minister and voted against the program of government but then immediately voted for the bills presented by the government.
This behavior in parliament and Tsarukyan’s grievance are evidence that the bridges are not burnt, and Tsarukyan will try to get a piece of the government cake and possibly a big one. The press reported, for example, that the PAP had asked its ex-ministers to wait until September.
In fact, the fight continues but totally lacks a political element. This is a scramble of clans for sharing power and reaching agreements, even though they try to make it appear political and link it to the problems of the society. This is the reason why PAP refrains from steps taken against its party member Oskanian.
Gorik Hakobyan, the chief of the National Security System, says “guerilla” war continues. However, guerilla bands cannot fight a regular army.