(MENAFN- AzerNews) By Rashid Shirinov
The event that the Armenians were afraid of has happened the Armenian parliament elected former President Serzh Sargsyan to the post of the new prime minister on April 17. Thus, the population will continue to suffer in the poor country for seven more years at a minimum.
The meeting of the National Assembly (Parliament) began at 12 p.m., and it was possible to watch it online on the Internet for a couple of hours. However, after an MP from opposition asked Sargsyan uncomfortable questions, the broadcast stopped. The rest of time, until Sargsyan was declared the new prime minister, the population protesting outside the parliament building was not aware of what was happening inside.
The protesters blocked entrance in a number of state institutions, including the parliament, but the MPs from the ruling party somehow managed to enter the building in the morning.
While people were protesting in Yerevan streets, Sargsyan in his speech was trying to insure himself against accusation from the population in future: 'I cannot say that all problems in the country will be completely solved in the foreseeable future and Armenia will be like a paradise.
His 10-year-old statement is worth noting in this regard: 'In Armenia to which we aspire, there will be no poor or privileged people. We will do our best to ensure that unemployment and poverty are finally overcome in Armenia. These words are from Sargsyan's election program in 2008 as a presidential candidate. However, during the past ten years, he together with his team was doing nothing but destroying the Armenian economy and plundering the state treasury.
Today Armenia is much weaker than it was in 2008, and now the person responsible for this will continue ruling the country for seven more years. Ten years ago Sargsyan deceived the Armenians by promising them a paradise, and today, having changed the country's constitution and ensured unlimited power, he admits there is nothing to hope for.
At the same time, Sargsyan has covertly promised the Armenians a new war: 'In the coming years, Armenia should pay the closest attention to the purchase of modern weapons and their independent production. Thus, the new prime minister keeps trying to make the Armenians believe that Azerbaijan allegedly wants a war and Armenia has to defend, while the truth is just the opposite. Meanwhile, Sargsyan implies that the population should not expect an increase in social spending due to the military expenditure.
Thus, Armenia remains hostage of the former president, which means that the country, its economy and people will continue to be destroyed and robbed. However, activists who have been protesting in the streets of Yerevan and other major cities since last weekhave not given up yet. They still believe they will be able to free Armenia from the terrible rule of Sargsyan.
Rashid Shirinov is AzerNews' staff journalist, follow him on Twitter: @RashidShirinov
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