Opposition leader says new movement to stand above partisan politics

Opposition leader says new movement to stand above partisan politics

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Leader of the opposition Heritage party Raffi Hovannisian, who had, for weeks, unsuccessfully disputed the reelection of President Serzh Sargsyan in the February ballot, has launch the formation of a new movement which he says will be above partisanship.

Speaking at a “civil national forum” on Friday, Hovannisian said the emerging ‘New Armenia’ movement will be more of a civic alliance, even though representatives of different political parties could also join it.

He said meetings will be held in the provinces in the coming days to be alternated with rallies in capital Yerevan.

“Citizens have already got rid of their fear,” emphasized Hovannisian.

Representatives of a number of political parties and civil organizations attended the meeting held at Ani Plaza Hotel in Yerevan.

In a speech Armen Rustamyan, a representative of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), hailed the initiative. He stressed that only long-term struggle could help get rid of the one-party power system which he said had effectively been formed in Armenia.