“Old Fox” to Armen Sarkissian: You’re a Professional


The relations between the Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and President Armen Sarkissian are one of the sensitive nerves which they try to tickle both in Armenia and outside its borders. Some people say that Pashinyan and Sarkissian are involved in a tough race and do not miss a chance to hit each other. Others say these two politicians are wise enough to complement each other.

In this connection, there are different forecasts of what turn the developments will take. For example, a constitutional reform is discussed more and more frequently in Armenia. Moreover, the media have already identified the deadline for vote, spring 2020. Experts think that without fundamental constitutional reforms it will not be possible to change the judicial system and resolve the crisis of the Constitutional Court. At the same time, there is a suggested option of transitioning back from a parliamentary to a presidential system. After the reform Armen Sarkissian could lose the position of president.

However, there is an opinion that the prime minister and the president of Armenia have every opportunity to become good partners, and evidence to this is the nervousness of both the domestic opposition and foreign partners who are trying to tap a wedge between them. For example, the Republican Party cannot hide its disappointment with Armen Sarkissian.

The “old fox” Alexander Lukashenko who hosted the Armenian president in Minsk has, for whatever reason, recalled the conversation with the Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

“He telephoned me ahead of the visit to Singapore and asked to pass his greetings to the president in answer to which I said we do not want to push him to return to Armenia, especially that he is busy with an important task for Armenia. I told about your visit. He said it is good indeed. I should say you needn’t hurry to return, look at everything that interests you from the point of view of the economy – agriculture, industrial development. You are a knowledgeable, a smart and practical person, you know what needs to be seen and what is important and useful for Armenia,” the President of Belarus said.

Alexander Lukashenko seems to be comparing Sargsyan and Pashinyan, noting that the president is a “knowledgeable”, unlike others.

Note that today Nikol Pashinyan telephoned Alexander Lukashenko on the national holiday of Belarus. It is true that he mostly talked about the summit of the Eurasian Economic Union in Yerevan in October. The topic, however, is not the favorite one for Lukashenko. Minsk has got everything it needed from the EEU, and further integration threatens Belarus with loss of sovereignty. Especially without Nazarbayev.

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