The opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) will retain its seats in parliament as a radical opposition, while the Heritage Party [led by Raffi Hovannisian] is just ‘kidding,' says Republican party MP Hayk Babukhanyan.
"Raffi is seeking to become the candidate that will attract the West, making the latter bet on him," he told a news conference on Friday.
Hayk Babukhanyan met journalists to say that during the 2013 presidential elections Serzh Sargsyan will be re-elected in the first round.
"The opposition cannot field a joint candidate because of their ambitions. Besides, none of the opposition candidates can achieve success, so their main problem is to attract attention in the political domain," said the Republican MP.
Hayk Babukhanyan also referred to the statement of the U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, who expressed concerns about the National Assembly's decision to strip [former foreign minister] Vartan Oskanian of his parliamentary mandate and involve him in a controversial criminal case as a defendant.
"The U.S. Ambassador [John Heffern] openly interferes in the internal affairs of Armenia, trying to intervene in the investigation and support a concrete person. He shows that Western bets are likely put on Oskanian's case," said Babukhanyan.