Sargsyan has frozen his power

By: Laman Sadigova

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has endorsed the concept of constitutional reforms, which implies a transition to a parliamentary system of governance.

The process of constitutional reform, which started in Armenia on September 4, 2013 after the formation of the professional committee dealing with the transformation of the Basic Law, has captured the main focus of political forces and civil society over the last year.

To the casual observers this statement can appear surprising. As, this kind of project has been lobbied by the Armenian authorities and not by the opposition. Perhaps, it can be explained by the opposition’s deplorable state in recent times.

After the elimination of Gagik Tsarukyan, the former leader of the Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP), the country has faced the situation where the old opposition has been pushed out of the political race, with no new structure to replace it yet.

It appears the Armenian government chose a very inopportune time to implement such significant changes. Then again, it could be such “timing” was actually very much desired.

In fact, the transition to a parliamentary system can mean the perpetuation of the ruling elite. Such a transition would automatically mean that Sargsyan’s power will remain forever intact and uncontested.

As the leader of the parliamentary majority, Serzh Sargsyan will be undoubtedly appointed as a prime minister, and this until such a time, if ever, when his party will lose its majority to the opposition.

Armenia’s reforms could mean that Sargsyan will secure his hold on power. If this is indeed the plan then Sargsyan might as well not bothered with any so-called parliamentary reforms and simply called on the disappeared opposition to agree to his terms.

Sargsyan’s extension as president and his reluctance to cede over power may be explained by his unwillingness to “trust” his long-term plans, especially his foreign-policy ambitions, to a future inheritor. The Karabakh process and Armenia’s European integration are certainly among his primary plans.

The purpose of the attacks towards Azerbaijan, sabotaged by Armenian lobby on the eve of the European Games, now becomes clear. Armenia strives to divert attention from the institutional fraud which is taking place in the country.

Can democracy even be mentioned when referring to Armenia when its president seeks to perpetuate his power after he destroyed the opposition?

SOURCE: Azer News