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Armenia: Ter-Petrosyan proposes pre-poll alliance to Kocharyan, Sargsyan

Armenia: Ter-Petrosyan proposes pre-poll alliance to Kocharyan, Sargsyan

May 5
First Armenian President Levon Ter-Petrosyan has extended an offer to Second and Third Presidents Robert Kocharyan and Serzh Sargsyan, proposing to join forces and participate in the upcoming snap parliamentary elections as an alliance. In an article published on Ilur.am on Wednesday, May 5, Ter-Petrosyan revealed that he first unveiled the proposal at a meeting of the former Presidents of Armenia and Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) on March 25. According to him, Kocharyan immediately rejected the idea, while Sargsyan "did not express any opinion." What Ter-Petrosyan proposes is the establishment of an "Alliance of National Accord", regardless of the "fundamental disagreements and sharp contradictions" the three former leaders share. The first President said Wednesday he was renewing the proposal which he said is "quite feasible" in the event of public pressure. Following the announcement, acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan accused Ter-Petrosyan of attempting a "kleptocratic revolution", which he said will not succeed. Pashinyan announced on March 18 that Armenia will hold snap parliamentary elections on June 20. The acting PM came under fire after signing a statement with the Russian and Azerbaijani Presidents to end the war in Nagorno-Karabakh almost 45 days after the start of the military hostilities. Under the deal, the Armenian side was forced to return all the seven regions surrounding Karabakh, having lost a part of Karabakh itself in hostilities.
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