Armenian Parliament Speaker Sees No Political Crisis; Says Opposition Has Nothing to Offer
Armenian National Assembly Speaker Alen Simonyan today told reporters that there is no “political crisis” in the country despite ongoing political opposition street protests.
"I do not see a domestic political crisis. The forces that lost the elections are trying to start a movement using the same actors, the same words, the same aggression. They promote themselves, but it is obvious to me that our citizens have made their choice and are trying to avoid such steps. I do not see any internal tension,” Simonyan said.
Simonyan warned that Azerbaijan is using the protests as an opportunity to escalate tensions along the border with Armenia and hinted that the two occurrences were coordinated in some way.
He claimed that Azerbaijani forces fired over the border into Armenia during the first opposition rally in Yerevan last week.
“Make your own conclusions. The actions of the opposition almost always coincide with either meetings of the head of state or possible visits or coincide with the events taking place at the border. I do not think this is a coincidence, I think it is coordinated in some way. I think the revelations made by the National Security Service are part of that, but our citizens understand everything and aren’t joining those rallies," Simonyan said.
He lambasted the opposition, comprised of the ARF and former president Kocharyan and Sargsyan, had twenty years to strengthen the security structures of Armenia and Artsakh but failed.
“Given the current situation, the government ensures Armenia’s security much better than those now talking about it. I understand this may be the last chance for them. After this experience, I think many should not return to this chamber since their political message is spent," Simonyan said.