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Interview with Vartan Oskanian

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 23:00
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In anticipation of the forthcoming municipal election in the Armenian capital, on April 29, at 3 p.m., Media Center hosted leader of Prosperous Armenia (PAP) proportionate party list Vartan Oskanian.

Oskanian stated that should he be elected mayor, he will be using public transport once or twice a week to understand people's concerns and challenges.

During the interview Oskanian also touched upon three fundamental changes he is planning to make if elected.  

“The main target should be common citizens, who deserve a decent life, and bureaucratic procrastination should be eliminated. The government philosophy has to be changed. Today people's and the government goals do not match,” says Oskanian.

The candidate says that during the decade of his tenure as a foreign minister Armenia received more grants than the state made expenses. He is convinced that the same can be done at the municipality.

“With Yerevan city, too, one can spur the country's development, which can explain why a former foreign minister wants to become a mayor. Yerevan city has a broad economic potential, and the mayor can lead a separate economic policy of his choice and solve the issues people are challenged with,” he says with strong conviction.

Oskanian does not view PAP's charitable activities as a form of bribery, forbidden by the law.
“If the produce delivery day has coincided with the voting day, what should it do? Not help the villager?” he wonders.

He is urging to let people make their choice and not to push young Republicans to committing deeds for which they could be held criminally liability.  

Full video footage of the discussion can be found at (link).

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