Serzh Sargsyan: I will devote my time to sharing experience 'if appointed prime minister'

13:13 • 16.04.18



Third President Serzh Sargsyan said he will devote much time to sharing experience with the younger generation in case of being promoted to the prime minister’s office.


In an interview with the Russian Izvestia, the former president expressed also a real willingness to undertake the serious responsibility of heading the cabinet of ministers.


“If my candidacy receives the parliament’s approval, I will devote much time to sharing my experience - accumulated over the course of years in different positions. It is really very important. We must think about young political figures – both among [representatives] of the Republican and those outside of the [the governing political] party. A great deal of serious work is awaiting us, which is going to be really useful for Armenia,” he said.


The 2015 constitutional reforms expand the power of the prime minister of Armenia, giving a ceremonial role to the president.

Sargsyan, also the leader of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA), said the reshaping of the government model does not imply a change in the political regime. “The parliamentary coalition will have the responsibility for the implementation of our foreign, and domestic policies until 2022. Nobody can now change that political course,” he added.


The RPA Council and Executive Body nominated Sargsyan for the prime minister’s post at a session conducted in the resort town of Tsaghkadzor (Kotayk region) on Saturday. Later the same day, the coalition Armenian Federation-Dashnaksutyun (ARF-D) issued a statement expressing its support to the decision.


Sargsyan ruled out changes also on the foreign policy agenda. “Changes in the foreign and domestic policies will be possible only in case the parliamentary majority desires so. An important moment to remember is that the foreign minister will be guided by the prime minister’s instructions in the course of his activity,” he added.


Sargsyan said he doesn’t think that a return to the former, presidential model would receive the society’s positive reaction.


“A return to the presidential model would not be positively accepted by the society,” he said, referring to the March 2008 post-electoral turmoil.

“Almost all the political forces called for a transition to a parliamentary model. So we met their proposals half-way, deciding to balance the country’s political structure (where a predominant legislative power pertains to the parliament, with the government exercising a full responsibility).  I don’t think that form of government corresponded to the Armenian reality, and the mentality of our people. It will allow for public transformation and boost Armenia’s economic development,” the former president added.

 

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