February 16, 2013 - 16:16 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - The election campaigns of Armenian presidential candidates were quite interesting, political expert said.
As Alexander Iskandaryan told Feb 16 press conference, even the assassination attempt on one of the candidates Paruyr Hayrikyan didn’t affect the position of the current leader Serzh Sargsyan.
The expert further voiced confidence that the incumbent president will “win the race.”
“The outcomes of the presidential elections were apparent right after 2012 parliamentary polls,” Mr Iskandaryan said, adding that Prosperous Armenia leader Gagik Tsarukyan might have been the main rival for President Sargsyan, had he resolved to join the race.
He further dubbed the presidential race as a mere infighting between two groups, one of them comprising Heritage party leader Raffi Hovannissian and ex-prime minister Hrant Bagratyan, with the rest of the candidates included in the second group.
“In contrast to the first group that possessed human and financial resources as well as expert support for conduction of the campaign, the second group lacked the tools vital for the political struggle,” the expert said.
Political expert Harutyun Mesropyan, however, disagreed with Mr Iskandaryan’s opinion that the campaign bore a non-traditional nature, stressing the need for the presidential hopefuls to have presented the program in stages.
“As a result, Armenia will hold yet another “non-election”, causing yet another flow of emigration,” he said, adding that the absence of public representation in the parliament brings about huge migration influxes.
In this context, Alexander Iskandaryan dubbed “politics a mere market.”
Thus, Armenia society has not yet learned to submit a demand for comprehensive programs and follow the course of their implementation.