June 21, 2022 - 17:51 AMT
Opposition in Armenia reacts to Vanetsyan's resignation

Ex-lawmaker Armen Ashotyan from the former ruling Republican Party of Armenia has said that they share the same strategic goals with the opposition forces, but the parties, including the RPA, can come up with different tactical solutions.

Ashotyan's remarks came after MP from the "I Have Honor", Chairman of Homeland party Artur Vanetsyan has resigned on Tuesday, June 21.

"I respect the decision of Arthur Vanetsyan and the "Homeland" party," Ashotyan said. "For us, too, parliamentary mandates have never been and are not an end in themselves."

Ishkhan Saghatelyan, the Deputy Speaker of parliament and member of the opposition Armenia bloc, weighed in on Vanetsyan's decision and said that everyone decides their own political line.

"We have one goal, and everyone has their own roadmap to achieve that goal," he said.

Vanetsyan went on a sit-in in mid-April and launched a campaign against Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and his government, which was later joined by other opposition parties. Pashinian came under fire after he and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev agreed to start drafting a bilateral peace treaty to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and set up a joint commission on demarcating the borders.