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by David Stepanyan
There is no alternative to Serzh Sargsyan's resignation, the first President of Armenia, the leader of the Armenian National Congress Levon Ter-Petrosyan said in an interview to Ilur.am.
"This is what he must do if he actually cares for the future of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. As President he made a mess of whatever he did except for what concerned the welfare of his clan and his own self, and I am sure that he is no longer able to do anything good for his country," Ter-Petrosyan said.
He believes that it is because of Sargsyan's opportunism that both the West and Russia have begun regarding Armenia as an unreliable partner. "This policy may have disastrous consequences for both Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. So, if we want to restore our image, we must carry out drastic reforms - something we can hardly expect from Sargsyan, whose regime serves only his own self. He is not a fool to saw off the bough he is sitting on," Ter-Petrosyan said.
He is convinced that Sargsyan is in Zugzwang, with each day of his rule causing more damage to Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. "So, it is time for him to resign on his own will and to let his people elect a president that will be able to restore Armenia's image and to confront the challenges the country is faced with. Sargsyan's resignation will in no way be followed by a political vendetta. On the contrary, I think the Parliament should legally protect him and his property," Ter- Petrosyan said.
He said that he has no self-interest in this as he is not going to run for presidency. "Robert Kocharyan will not do this either just because Serzh Sargsyan came into power as a result of the March 2008 slaughter. We are running out of time. If Serzh Sargsyan is in Zugzwang, the Armenian people is in Zeitnot," Ter-Petrosyan said.