Levon Ter-Petrosyan’s statement that the Armenian Pan-National Movement is dead is the truth and a belated confession because the APNM died as soon as it transformed from a popular movement to a group holding on to power using any means. The ANC (Congress) is also dead which failed to assume a pan-national role because its leader was unable to step across his ambitions and appreciate people and their rights. Meanwhile, this team used to have strong individuals who were weakened by the APNM leader and the first RA president. He successfully ousted the leaders and potential of other parties which had joined the Congress.
Now the Congress is trying to reanimate itself be renaming itself a political party. It’s their problem. The problem is what this agonizing organization wants. Power, nothing else. It will not tolerate people recognizing Raffi Hovannisian’s charismatic image, as it did not tolerate Vazgen Manukyan, Vano Siradeghyan, Karen Demirchyan, Stepan Demirchyan, Aram Sargsyan. The fact is that it is all alone now and wants to rise as the only “victim”. In 2008 it pronounced Yeghisheh Charents’s famous poem “let there be no other victim except me” which was later perceived “don’t touch me, I am the selected one” and escaped home while people were shot dead on the square, the people who had come to take him to the president’s office on their hands.
A few years ago this was his only act which it did publicly apart from dancing. Today it does not want to look at Raffi Hovannisian’s act. Well, it’s clear because it is not used to seeing others, even those thousands of people leading Raffi Hovannisian and their righteous demands. Today some ANC members are trying to tap a wedge at the center of the popular movement by means of their destructive behavior, pronouncement and the so-called plans. They are offended that Raffi Hovannisian does not pronounce Levon Ter-Petrosyan’s name on the stage.
Is Raffi awarding prizes to people to read out names of people? He is criticized for not having a plan of actions and is suggested to form a shadow government. Again he is called to act in their style and pronounce names and see who their friend in this shadow government is. In other words, they want to lead to destruction the idea which has mobilized people.
Today people do not want to help someone come to power but to crush the institutions which are against people, build a new system of government, see new people in this system. Today, I think, people must demand elimination of the club called the Constitutional Court and its immortal mandate because years showed that this institution established by Levon Ter-Petrosyan serves the interests of the government, never the state or national interests. It is necessary to express lack of confidence in the café table called the CEC and create a flexible body instead which will be independent from the authorities and political parties, will be elected by popular vote and people will have the right to disband it any time.
Similarly, the judicial system, the police, the army, the government must be reconstructed. Every system must act in accordance with their powers and not interfere with the establishment and reestablishment of governmental ambitions. In other words, it is time to return to people the right to protect their rights, while the shadow government remains shadow, as a lot of other things in Armenia. The only advice to Raffi Hovannisian and people (and I am one of them so please let me advise you) is to look at each other and we will not make a mistake. –