Naira Zohrabyan, PAP, stated that the party will not support the motion of the Congress to call an emergency session on recent developments of Harsnakar. Though the Congress says it has discussed this initiative with the PAP, Zohrabyan says they let the Congress know it is impossible to collect 44 signatures.
The PAP has 37 members of parliament, the Congress, ARF and Heritage altogether have 17. If at least 27 MPs of PAP sign, it is impossible to gather 44 signatures and convene an extraordinary session. Naira Zohrabyan says the greater part of the PAP MPs are abroad, those who are in the country, may decide what they want to do.
This is not surprising. The surprising thing is that the Congress coordinator Levon Zurabyan presents as if the PAP joins or has already joined the initiative. Meanwhile, it is evident that the PAP is trying to avoid these initiatives bringing technical excuses. It should not be excluded that the PAP MPs have been instructed to go on leave to provide technical excuses to the party not to join the initiative.
The problem is that the PAP leader Gagik Tsarukyan is an oligarch like Harsnakar’s owner Ruben Hayrapetyan. Oligarchs may fight for the business, power and money but never for the interests of the society or the state because they have been acting together against this interest for years.
They have been following the same methodology and the incident of Harsnakar is not the first case. Moreover, the society is aware of only part of similar incidents perpetrated by the oligarchic system. Just a few years ago, the media were less developed than now.
But the internal oligarchic information channels have always worked well and they know much more about each other than the society does. In this case, it would be naïve to imagine that any oligarch may take a systemic step against another oligarch. They are in the same system, and Ruben Hayrapetyan may make revelations about Gagik Tsarukyan’s past, causing a lot of trouble for the latter even if the respectable spokesman for the Congress Arman Musinyan interferes because Hayrapetyan will hardly believe Musinyan who says Tsarukyan is not an oligarch.
Therefore, it is quite normal that the Prosperous Armenia avoids the motion for an emergency meeting of parliament and an ad-hoc committee. It is possible that the Congress either does not need this at all but the society’s claim is clear. We demand an extraordinary session. Meanwhile, the Congress does not have a grounded explanation to refuse such a claim because they had already promised big deeds in the parliament.
In this sense, the PAP supports not only Ruben Hayrapetyan but also the Congress because the ANC brings a motion, while the PAP will be responsible for failure.
Sure, many people may wonder how the Congress may rely on the PAP as opposition. But the explanation has been given by the head of the parliamentary group of the party: “There are different grades of opposition. There is radical opposition, moderate opposition, but if you are not part of the government, you are opposition. I don’t think we should turn the voting into a litmus test. This is an ineffective and aimless approach.”
There is no need to add anything here.