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At the upcoming presidential election in Armenia, ex-minister of foreign affairs, a member of Prosperous Armenia Party Vartan Oskanian will be nominated as a single opposition candidate for president, Head of the Union of Political Scientists of Armenia Hmayak Hovhannisyan told media, Tuesday.
"In such a force-majeur situation all the political forces will support his candidature. The only obstacle may be Raffi Hovannisian, Leader of Heritage Party. However, western forces has split his faction and weakened his positions," he said. The political expert thinks that the ANC, which is in tense relations with Oskanian after his statement on March 1 2008, will also support him candidature.
In this light, he said that after the presidential election the second president Robert Kocharyan may be back to his position. He said that Oskanian's nomination is a U.S. project that may lead to a change in Prosperous Armenia's orientation and no pro-Russian force will remain in the Armenian Parliament. For counterbalance, Russia will have to support Kocharyan. "The criminal case against Oskanian is an attempt to bring him to the light and make the leader of the party, because Gagik Tsarukyan is not perceived as a serious politician. In case of such developments, the other members of the party will also take the U.S. vector, while Kocharyan's coming to power will prevent such scenario," Hovhannisyan said. He is sure that the opposition forces and even ANC will support also Kocharyan.