Kocharian has submitted an application to become a favourite candidate in the 2018 presidential elections. This was stated by the leader of Armenian political union, political scientist Hmayak Hovhannisyan, referring to the RA President Robert Kocharian’s interview.
Speaking about the rumors that the second president’s interview was a request to return to active politics, political scientist reminded that Robert Kocharian has always emphasized in his interviews that he has not left politics. Moreover, he believes that Robert Kocharian’s case is not comparable to the first president, opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosyan.
The second president’s interview was interesting for the political scientist for another record. Hmayak Hovhannisyan noted that Robert Kocharian mentioned three factors that were pushing him to refrain from returning to active politics. As those factors will remain for next five years, it shows that Robert Kocharyan will await the completion of Serzh Sargsyan’s term of office, and return to policy.
According to the scientist, in his interview the RA second president used his last attempt to save the PAP’s image, indirectly hinting that the PAP’s position is determined by taking into account these three factors.
“At the same time Kocharian is trying to throw off the responsibility, again repeating his famous theses that the non-competitive struggle leads to stagnation, decaying, which may undermine the foundations of the state,” commented Mr. Hovhannisyan.