The parliamentary election took an interesting turn in some regions. Prosperous Armenia won the election there. One of these regions is Shirak where four of three winning majority candidates are from PA, while the Republican Party was only 3000 votes ahead of PA, and compared with the previous election the RPA result improved by 12, while PA almost twice as much.
The governor of Shirak Ashot Giziryan and the mayor of Gyumri Vardan Ghukasyan who were unable to ensure the victory of Republican Arman Sahakyan may have to pay a high price for it. He was defeated by Martun Grigoryan of PA, the representative of the clan which is in tough rivalry with Gyumri mayor Vardan Ghukasyan’s clan.
And now Vardan Ghukasyan’s comments on the result of the Republican Party in Shirak region to news.am are interesting. “You know very well how it happened, you all know. We were weak, we lost… We’ll live and see what the reason was, what happened, why… What do you think, was it their merit or something else?” Vardan Ghukasyan said.
This comment is more interesting in the context of another statement by Ghukasyan immediately after the murder of his daughter’s fiancée a few weeks ago. Ghukasyan hinted that the murder was planned by the supporters of Martun Grigoryan of PA.
Interestingly, before the investigation would reveal anything, the chief of police Vova Gasparyan announced that the political motive is ruled out.
Now Vardan Ghukasyan says they were weak so they lost. Whom and what does he mean? Was it the lack of courage of the RPA leadership to notice the political motive of the murder and use this circumstance for a political purpose?
What is the mayor of Gyumri hinting? Or is he simply trying to ensure his further stay in his post by such hints considering the mayoral election this September in which Vardan Ghukasyan may not be allowed to run due to the loss of the RPA? Or is Vardan Ghukasyan trying to get approval for his further mayoral ambitions on the condition of stopping his hints in return for it?