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Armenian opposition opens season of rallies

10 October 2011 [12:21] - TODAY.AZ
The Armenian opposition began holding rallies, which were suspended during summer. The velvet season of Armenian protests was opened after Armenia's political life was significantly changed. The recent dialogue between the authorities and the opposition has failed. The sides did not achieve any results. Moreover, they spoiled the relations with the opponent. In other words, the authorities and the opposition did not agree again as a result of long negotiations.

The opposition made sure that it was impossible to come to an agreement. It reacted quickly and made thousands of its supporters go to the streets. After several rallies, the opposition decided to continue this course and announced its intention on October 7.

Most people in the Armenian National Congress and the participants of the round-the-clock protests at Liberty Square stand for continuing the round-the clock rallies and sitting protests after October 7, Armenia Today reported.

Though the opposition members' intention to almost move to Yerevan's streets is obvious, optimistic Armenian officials do not lose hope and try to correct the situation. Armenia's ruling coalition intends to discuss the possibility of resuming a dialogue with the Armenian National Congress.

One can say that even if the next round of talks between the opposition and the authorities takes place, no concrete result will be achieved.

The authorities are likely to express full readiness to continue the meaningless meetings. But the opposition will hold massive protests until the parliamentary elections of 2012.

In this case, both sides realize that, taking contrary positions, it is impossible to agree about a common approach to resolve the problems within the country.

And there is no point in agreeing. The only way for the opposition to get points is to actively stand against the authorities.

Therefore, it is obvious that there will be the same result with the presence or the lack of the dialogue between the authorities and the opposition. The rallies will be held in Armenia. The sides will continue accusing each other.

The velvet season of the opposition opens a year of permanent confrontation. The pre-election campaign for seats in the parliament will begin from September. It would be dangerous for the Armenian authorities to lightly consider the protests of political opponents.

There are a number of opposition parties in Armenia as opposed to other countries of the region. They may not compete with the regime, but claim to a seat in the parliament.

The Armenians have every reason to be dissatisfied with the authorities. That is why tens of thousands of people go to rallies. These rallies have a solid social basis, as the people almost live in critical conditions. The living conditions in Armenia are lamentable. The country has the most fragile economy in the region. The authorities will fail to overcome this situation without serious losses.

According to the Armenian National Statistical Service, the consumer prices increased by 10.6 percent in the country in 2010. The prices on food greatly increased by 13.1 percent. That is, they increased in the social security sector, without which one can not do. The prices on industrial goods increased by 5.6 percent, the tariffs for services - by 4.2 percent.

However, Armenia's future seems vague if the opposition members come to power and to get a seat in parliament. The problem is that someone is unlikely to know how to correct the situation, without sacrificing the main "trump cards" of the Armenian nation, such as the Nagorno-Karabakh and the so-called "genocide". It is obvious that neither the authorities nor the Armenian opposition will be able to somehow correct the economic situation not abandoning the idea of long-suffering Armenian people.


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