July 17
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Opposition Prosperous Armenia party leader Gagik Tsarukyan has issued a statement on the latest developments in the country.

Gagik Tsarukyan is charged with vote buying, but he does not accept the charge and says it is unlawful.

According to Tsarukyan, he was planning a big press conference to answer all the questions directly, but cannot communicate with a large audience now as he had tested positive for COVID-19. 

Speaking about the current developments in the country, he noted that the authorities do not represent the real scope of the problems. 

"They don’t imagine that in the near future we will have 200-300 thousand new unemployed, tens of thousands of businesses will be closed, entire business lines will go bankrupt," he noted.

"The authorities do not understand that the tens of thousands of our compatriots who work in Russia this year may not have this opportunity and, therefore, may not have money to support their families," Tsarukyan added.

"No need to be afraid of Tsarukyan, you need to be afraid of hundreds of thousands of people left without work and salaries. You need to be afraid of a parent who does not have money for food, clothing, and medicine for a child," he noted. "One must be afraid of those who have lost hope, who have no means of livelihood, and who have gone bankrupt by tens of thousands of small and medium-sized entrepreneurs."

The opposition leader said he did his best for the past two years, however, many programs have been suspended, canceled, or left incomplete under the leadership of the current authorities.

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