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Most of the problems facing Armenia today start from the disrespectful attitude towards the authorities and end with the lack of professional knowledge. Robert Kocharyan—the second President, leader of the "Armenia" bloc which is running in the snap parliamentary elections on June 20, and its candidate for prime minister—said this at their campaign meeting with the residents of Metsamor town.

“A historian manages the energy sector, a lawyer is in charge of the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Agriculture was dissolved,” the ex-President said.

“People probably don’t remember the shameful situation regarding natural gas and electricity debts that existed in 1998. We brought the whole energy system back on track in a year-and-a-half. Our plan is to make Armenia become a platform for production of electricity in the region. We have additional capacities that exceed the country’s needs. There is a surplus in the fifth energy block of the power plant in Hrazdan. It isn’t being used with full capacity since the third Iranian electric communication line, which was supposed to have been built a long time ago, hasn’t been built yet. Infrastructures are the backbone of an economy. Investors are mainly interested in the sustainable supply of electricity, as well as tariffs and predictability of tariffs,” Kocharyan stressed.

The second President recalled that during his administration, reforms were made in the sector, and people would come to Armenia for exchange of their respective countries' experiences with Armenia’s experience.

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