31 July 2022, 12:22
Yerevan: protesters treat Pashinyan as crisis culprit
During the time that Nikol Pashinyan is in power in Armenia, the issue of international recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh's independence has disappeared from the country's political agenda; the living standards have gone down; and corruption is flourishing, the members of the oppositional "Resistance" movement have stated.
Narek Mantashyan, an oppositionist, who was released after his seven-month-long arrest, has stated that activists are in jails for their political views and patriotism.
At the rally, Ishkhan Sagaelyan, a former Vice Speaker of the National Assembly (Parliament), has announced Pashinyan's resignation as the main opposition's goal.
Tadevos Avetisyan, an MP from the "Ayastan" faction, has accused authorities of indifference to country's social and economic problems. According to his story, the state debt has grown by 40%; and authorities have brought the country to a debt crisis.
Menua Sogomonyan, an oppositionist, said that the demand for Pashinyan's resignation has united people; regardless of their political viewpoints, they want to get out of the crisis.
Prior to Pashinyan's advent to power, such an agenda was the international recognition of the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh, but it disappeared after the 44-day war in 2020, Mr Sogomonyan has added.
He has stressed: "Moreover, Pashinyan is trying to close the topic of Artsakh (the self-name of Nagorno-Karabakh) ... He wouldn't understand that, having lost Artsakh and pursuing a failed policy in all areas, Armenia couldn't either peacefully or better."
Author: Armine Martirosyan Source: СK correspondent