On April 17, the National Assembly elections of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia started. Serzh Sargsyan became the prime minister. 77 National Assembly deputies voted for, 15 voted against.
At about 12:10, during the rally in the French Square, Nikol Pashinyan announced that he is now starting a velvet revolution and they must block public institutions. During the rally, the crowd of protesters stretched from the French Square to Amiryan Street.
Some related links:
- Protests Against Serzh Sargsyan.
- Read the brief article Armenian “Velvet” Revolution.
- Read the detailed article Velvet Revolution of Armenia.
In his speech, he said:
I ask to accredit me to negotiate on behalf of the people with the acting Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan over smoothly passing the power.
Pashinyan – Karapetyan Meeting
The Meeting Did Not Take Place
At midnight on April 24, the spokesperson for the Civil Treaty party Tigran Avinyan made a statement. He said that the meeting of Nikol Pashinyan and Karen Karapetyan will not take place on April 25. as their demands have not been met. He said that negotiations could only take place on the peaceful transfer of the power. Also, if the the NA snap elections take place. There should be no ruling Republican Party of Armenia in the Transitional Government.
At midnight, President of the Artsakh Republic Bako Sahakyan met with Nikol Pashinyan. According to media reports, they discussed internal political issues in Armenia.
Later Nikol Pashinyan in the live broadcast stated that if he did not get a call from the Republican Party, they would start protest actions early in the morning. He also said that his meeting should be in the format 3 + 3. Karen Karapetyan, Ara Babloyan and Vahram Baghdasaryan should take part from ruling party. The agenda should be exclusively on the peaceful transfer of power. The negotiation process should be in the same format as his meeting with Serzh. (i.e the presence of the press)
Acting Prime Minister, member of the Republican Party Karen Karapetyan stated that the negotiations will not take place. The reason being that the demands put forward by Nikol Pashinyan, that is, the format of the meeting, agenda and the coverage are unacceptable to them. He also added that they would not attend the meeting, as Nikol Pashinyan offered the list of people participating from the authorities. Also because Pashinyan stated that he would negotiate exclusively on his agenda.
On April 25, 2018, mass protests against the current Armenian authorities continued in many settlements in Armenia. The demonstrators were protesting, marching, blocking the streets and roads.
Meeting of the Republican Party Members
According to a press release by the Republican Party of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan attended the first half of the meeting. He presented the members the reasons for his resignation in more detail He also talked about different formats of work in the National Assembly. Additionally, urged to set the stability and security of the country as primary importance. He stated that they can achieve it only through the unity of the Republican Party.
In the second part of the meeting, the members discussed the current political situation and possible developments. (with Karen Karapetyan). After the agreement, they announced that the Republican faction is ready to discuss any issue with all sides without preconditions.
Pashinyan’s second invite
Nikol Pashinyan, on April 27, invited Karapetyan to the “Marriott” hotel to start the second stage of the negotiation process.
“The previous round of negotiations failed because of the following. When I was going to meet Karen Karapetyan, there were Republicans who said that he did not represent them. Yesterday they had a party meeting with Serzh Sargsyan’s participation. Eventually, they came to a common agreement that Karen Karapetyan should be authorized to negotiate,” Pashinyan said.
“As previously, we are ready to continue the negotiation process within the framework of our proposed agenda. Tomorrow, at 12:00 pm, I invite Karen Karapetyan to the Marriott Hotel to start the second stage of the negotiation process,” he added.
The oppositionist underlined that there is one concrete precondition for the negotiations. It should take place with the participation of journalists. “To make public aware of what we are discussing”.
“We will not negotiate with the Republican Party behind closed doors, we will negotiate in front of the people. Because we declare that the people are the government, the people are our leader, the people are our boss. We have to be accountable to our leader for every step we take” , he added.
Karen Karapetyan doesn’t accept the invite
Prime Minister’s spokesman Aram Araratyan said in a statement on his Facebook page.
“Nikol Pashinyan’s invitation does not differ from the previous one,. Except that this time he does not dictate who should attend the negotiations. Karen Karapetyan’s answer is the same as the last time. Negotiations, where one party exclusively dictates the agenda and the other can not present their own, can’t be considered negotiations.
Besides, Karen Karapetyan remains the view that the holding of negotiations before the media suggests that the goal of the negotiations is not to record any results. That’s why participation in “negotiations”, which is unlikely to get a soultion, is unpromising”.
Pashinyan’s response was:
“I think that Karen Karapetyan is not sure about his negotiating strength. And as a man not quite sure about his negotiating strength inside his homeland, how is he going to negotiate on the Karabakh issue at all?”
In additions, the Prime Minister elections should be taking place on March 1.
Pashinyan’s speech on April 28
There is no doubt that the non-violent, national velvet revolution launched in Armenia a month ago has won. And we need another short period of time for turning that that victory, that de facto victory into de jure. And I am glad to see that our people are standing in the defense of this strong victory.
Some people hoped that the nation would be so happy about Serzh Sargsyan’s resignation that they would forget what he had gathered for. Serzh Sargsyan’s resignation is a necessary but insufficient condition to complete this process. The de facto victory of the people must be de jure.
But the revolution shouldn’t stop even there, because the main meaning of the revolution is that from now on, no one, no party, no group, no clan will own the power. Regardless of their status and position. The government will belong to the nation, only and only to the nation, solely to the nation.
This victory has one author, one director, one owner, and that owner is the victorious citizen of the Republic of Armenia and the people of the Republic of Armenia.
According to him, the Republican Party and the Acting Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan should understand that there is no longer a country that they can govern.
They will not be able to take a breathe even for a minute, as long as they do not accept the nationwide victory.
Nikol’s Speech About Negotiations
There are many talks about negotations, but these negotiations don’t take place for a variety of reasons. I want to confirm that we are ready for negotiations and we are interested in solving this problem day before. And if there are any complications in this or that format, we are ready directly negotiate with all the members of the Parliament at the same time.
In other words, we are ready to meet the deputies in one room and discuss the situation and offer our solutions and listen to their opinions. We are ready to meet with all deputies at the same time if there is a need. We are also ready to negotiate with other acceptable formats. I want to say that we are the ones most interested in the end of this history, in recording the de jure victory the day before.
During the rally in Vanadzor, the opposition also leader announced that the Republican Party will not nominate a PM.
Vice-President of the National Assembly, a member of the RP Sharmazanov announced during the press conference:
Today, the representatives of the Republican Party of Armenia met with the President of the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) Serzh Sargsyan and First Deputy Chairman of the Republican Party of Armenia Karen Karapetyan.
The agenda included one issue – the domestic political situation in Armenia and the participation of the Republican Party of Armenia in the May 1 parliamentary elections.
Taking into account the internal political situation, the Republican Party of Armenia has always mentioned that the most important thing for us is the interests of the state, the interests of the Homeland, the security of Armenia and Artsakh and its internal stability.
Being guided by these challenges and these priorities, the Republican Party has decided today: a) The Republican Party of Armenia will not nominate a candidate for the PM and b) the Republican Party of Armenia will discuss all the candidates, the programs of all candidates and together will present their decision before the votes. That’s all.