Something doesn’t smell right
Posted by Sasuntsi Anarchist on March 25, 2007
Prime Minister Andranik Markaryan died today of a heart attack. He was 56. He was the longest serving Prime Minister (since 2000) of RA and the chairman of the Republican Party since 1997. Coincidence or not, his death comes less then 2 months before the parliamentary elections and ahead of the next year’s presidential elections. He was reputed as a man of balance and reason and who kept a general stability both within the government and the HHK party.
It seems that the topics of discussion in Armenian media over the next few days will be dominated by this event: not his death, but his replacement. There is a pattern: when Yeltsin wanted to give power to Putin, he first placed him as a Prime Minister (few months before the elections were due); Exactly same thing with Alievs; similarly, Kocharian first came in as a prime minister and then after a bloodless Coup d’Etat and falsified elections, he became the El Presidente of the 3rd republic. In other words, to be the Minister of Defense is not enough for becoming the next President — one must be in the Prime Minister’s chair for a while as well. As such, there was no real reason to relievehim from his PM duties — but now he’s dead, so “someone” will have to replace him. Why do these high ranking politicians have a habit of dying at the most turbulent and decisive points in history (when history is more like a junction)? Coincidence? hmmm…. Maybe…
Condolences to Markaryan family. God bless his soul — RIP.