Kocharyan announces reasons made him not to run for Presidential elections

Kocharyan announces reasons made him not to run for Presidential elections
# 15 January 2013 10:45 (UTC +04:00)

Baku. Shamil Alibeyli – APA. The second President of the Republic of Armenia Robert Kocharyan in an interview pledged by him presented the reasons made him not to run for the Presidential elections, APA reports quoting Mediamax.

Robert Kocharyan noted three grave factors forced him to abstain from returning to active politics: “First, the fight for power between two natives of Karabakh, longtime companions, was unacceptable for me. It would make it difficult for many people to make a choice and would become a topic for various speculations. Besides, I myself have chosen the incumbent President as a successor, and his desire to run for the second term is understandable. Second, I wouldn’t like to participate in the formation of a format of three Presidents fighting for power, which is extremely unpleasant, and I believe very harmful for the country. Third, the search for a political compromise in Armenia has transformed into small-retail political bargaining. This is not what I would like to spend my time, knowledge and experience on.”

Kocharyan also touched on the situation in the country. He said that the fundamental factors unfortunately do not inspire optimism as before: “The population outflow from Armenia doesn’t reduce, and this is not a labor migration. The tendency is extremely dangerous given a low birthrate and aging population. It is not accidental that migration is called country’s health cardiogram.The economy began to grow, but will it be a steady growth with decreasing investments, and how much will it be conditioned by increasing debt commitments? The restoration of railway communication through Abkhazia, which is quite possible after recent transformations in Georgia, could be a serious positive stimulus for our economy. As for the political competition, it became like a puppet show ahead of elections, which cannot contribute to the effective work of authorities and generates apathy in the society.”

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