“We had an agreement with [Gagik] Tsarukyan that I must go and take my [MP] mandate,” Ararat Zurabyan, a member of the Tsarukyan alliance, told journalists on May 18.
Zurabyan said this in reply to the question whether he would eventually fill his seat in the National Assembly or not. “I have renounced that so-called mandate many times,” he continued. He also blamed journalists for inflaming passions. “Someone decided that Serzh Sargsyan stands behind it [scandal over mandates], another said the plan was worked out in Washington or Moscow, I don’t know what else.”
Mr Zurabyan added that he agreed to take the mandate with difficulty and can put it down at any moment.