Ter-Petrosyan sees no ‘political process’ in Hovannisian’s campaign, dismisses accusations

Former president and leader of an opposition bloc Levon Ter-Petrosyan has stood by his view that the anti-government campaign launched by another oppositionist Raffi Hovannisian in the wake of the disputed presidential election has been devoid of “political process”.

He thus answered accusations made by Hovannisian the previous day that Ter-Petrosyan and his Armenian National Congress (ANC) did not stand by the people during the crunch time for the post-election protests earlier this week.

Protesters led by Hovannisian were stopped by riot police during their attempt to march towards the Presidential Palace on April 9, the day when President Serzh Sargsyan was sworn in for a second term in office.

Speaking at the founding congress of the ANC party in Yerevan on Saturday Ter-Petrosyan reminded that he was the only opposition leader to have explicitly recognized Hovannisian as the real winner of the February 18 ballot. “At that was itself the biggest single support,” he stressed, adding that most of the ANC’s rank-and-file activists were also attending rallies and protests organized by the Hovannisian team.

“Let everyone understand once and for all: we are a political party and join and support solely political processes. During the current post-election period we have seen everything but political processes,” underscored Ter-Petrosyan.

The ANC leader, at the same time, emphasized that he still considered opposition consolidation possible before or after next month’s municipal elections in Yerevan, which he described as the only possibility to try and achieve a power change in the country for the time being.