Dashnaktsutyun says will remain opposition -
The Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF, Dashnaktsutyun) will not become part of a ruling coalition and will stay on the opposition side of the political fence, the party said on Thursday.
The statement by the ARF Executive Council of Armenia comes after days of speculation that Dashnaktsutyun is going to cut a power-sharing deal with the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) and take some posts in the new government.
The speculation was fueled by Orinats Yerkir’s announcement on Wednesday about its quitting the RPA-dominated government, arguably leaving the majority party with a need to look for another “satellite” partner.
“Our goal has been strengthening Armenia’s statehood, promoting a worthy life and well-being of our citizens. The ARF Executive Council of Armenia states that it [the party] will not become part of the government that is being formed and will continue to operate within the opposition field,” the statement reads, in part.
At the same time, the ARF expressed conviction that the problems existing in the country can be solved “through forming an atmosphere of solidarity in the country, by advancing public-political consolidation.”