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The Oskanian case will have no impact on the presidential election results, Artsvik Manasyan, member of ARF Dashnaktsutyun Party, said at today's press conference in Yerevan.
He said that the persecution is against Oskanian, not the Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP). Minasyan said that both the PAP and the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) may benefit from the current situation and obtain political dividends. "However, it is shocking when a man becomes a tool in the hands of political forces", he said. Minasyan also expressed his concern over the fact that the Oskanian case may seriously affect the foreign policy of the country, as this incident may give birth to manipulations and blackmailing.
RPA member Artak Davtyan shared Minasyan's opinion that the process will not affect the course of the elections. He said that the case is not politically charged, however, some forces do their best to attach political shading to this issue.
To recall, Vartan Oskanian was deprived of deputy immunity on 2 October. Prosecutor General Hovsepyan appealed to the Parliament for a permission to involve Vartan Oskanian as an accused party in the money laundering case against Civilitas Foundation. The appeal implies deprivation of deputy immunity, but not arrest. Prosperous Armenia Party considers the given case as politically motivated and pursuing the goal to exert pressure on the Party on the threshold of presidential election.