By expressing support to Serzh Sargsyan’s candidacy for the prime minister of Armenia, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaksutyun (ARF-D) expects him to successfully complete the process of the reforms initiated, a lawmaker of the governing coalition said Monday.
Speaking to reporters at the National Assembly, Armen Rustamyan reiterated their party’s stance ruling out personalized or individualized approaches. “We never ruled out the possibility that Serzh Sargsyan may hold some government office in the future,” he said, citing a constitutional provision allowing the parliament to impeach the prime minister every six months.
“Serzh Sargsyan must prove that those changes [constitutional amendments] were really for the people. Even the worst-case scenario should pave the way to a balanced government in our country. The main threat we see today is the [fear] lest they should opt for a return to a presidential [government],” he said.
The ruling Republican Party of Armenia convened its Council and Executive Body on Saturday to consider the third president’s candidacy for the prime minister’s post. The proposal received a unanimous approval by the members. In an official statement issued later the same day, the ARF-D expressed its support to the decision.
As for the party’s ministerial portfolios, Rustamyan said they do not expect essential changes.
“But I do not rule out future changes in the cabinet given the priority attached to individual management-related problems,” he said, highlighting ministers’ responsibility for achievements in specific fields.