YEREVAN (A.W.)—Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Supreme Council representative Armen Rustamyan laid out his party’s vision for the post-election popular movement in Armenia this week when he stressed the importance of securing a victory in the May 5 Yerevan municipal elections, calling it a stepping stone towards achieving regime change.
Speaking at a rally on Freedom Square on March 5, Rustamyan said the authorities would not willingly compromise, let alone concede power. “Only a popular movement that transforms into a powerful political factor can force them to do that,” he said.
According to Rustamyan, the ultimate objective of the movement is to guarantee that the people assume power on all levels. That objective can best be attained through persistent struggle, by securing a series of victories. We should not get disheartened if we cannot achieve regime change right away, he said. We can attain that goal gradually. But every single person in the movement will have to work towards that goal.
Securing a victory during the May 5 municipal elections in Yerevan constitutes the first step, he explained; in a country like Armenia, assuming municipal power in Yerevan would be very significant and would force the authorities to make greater concessions.