Three months after leaving the coalition government, Chairman of the Rule of Law Party (OEK) apologizes to Armenians but not for the tragic events of March 1, 2008 or for forming a coalition government with the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK).
“We apologize to the people who did not understand us correctly,” says OEK Chairman Artur Baghdasaryan.
He says his party’s decision to enter the coalition government in 2008 had nothing to do with the public protests on March 1, 2008 and the subsequent bloodshed that left ten people killed and many injured.
Baghdasaryan says his OEK was only a junior partner in the ruling government coalition. “Those speaking about the March 1 bloodshed publicly, the people responsible for the deadly events are two players. I do not want to get into details – one the one side are the authorities and on the other side…”
On the eve of the March 1 tragedy, Artur Baghdasaryan did not sleep well. He dreamed that the authorities and the opposition were attacking him. Then he cited the words of writer Hovik Hoveyan who said ‘monsters attack my dreams at night…’
Today the OEK considers itself to be an opposition force and disagrees with the HAK in almost all issues. Anyway, the party is not going to call for Serzh Sargsyan’s resignation as ‘he will step down sooner or later.’
“Whether we want it or not, parliamentary and presidential elections will be held in Armenia in less than 2,5 years,” he stressed.
When asked about his possible candidacy in the 2018 presidential election, Baghdasaryan answered that anything was possible.
The OEK Chairman also did not exclude the possibility of early parliamentary elections as a country cannot have six opposition parties against one pro-government force in its parliament.
“Laws are passed with great difficulty and the legitimacy of such voting is put in question,” he said.