The change in power in my country took place through exclusively peaceful means. My sole purpose was to prevent human casualties and keep the state immune to hazardous shocks. This is what third President of Armenia, President of the Republican Party of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan said in his speech at the European People’s Party Congress in Zagreb today.
In his speech, the third President of Armenia particularly said the following: “In reality, those who came to power under the name of the revolution have not introduced, within the past year and a half, any revolutionary transformation or breakthrough in the country’s domestic or foreign agendas.
Moreover: there are dangerous developments jeopardizing democracy in the country. Constitutional foundations have been undermined. The principle of the separation and equilibrium of powers has failed. There are numerous facts of manifest violation of the independence of the judiciary. Political persecution is underway. Aggressive actions against opposition media and activists, intolerance and hate speech have become regular occurrences, reaching alarming dimensions.
I left last year in order for my people to attempt building a yet better state. But today the voices of those who blame me for yielding power to populists become more prominent. And I am here today to raise those concerns, to protect the faith and expectations that thousands have cherished during the change in power that took place.
Yes, there was also a share of our liability in what had transpired in Armenia. But I affirm that issues of security and peace have continually been of vital priority for us and, because of that, perhaps, certain issues may have been subjected to these purposes.”