Serj Sargsyan [prime minister ('president elect')]: “I will never resign from the post of the president of Armenia”.
Serj Sargsyan: Incumbent president Robert Kocharyan will not take up a post of prime minister. "Robert Kocharyan and I are so honest that if such a scenario had been possible, we would have told this before the election the way Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev did", Sargsyan said.
Serj Sargsyan refutes rumors about his love for gambling - "No, I am not a gambler." [answering question on rumours of his love for gambling in casino]
Serj Sargsyan promises to “root out crime in Armenia”. [yeah, sure (1)]
Serj Sargsyan promises to fight bribery and corruption in judiciary system. "I promise everybody that we will support all people wishing to expose bribe-takers," Sargsyan said. [yeah, sure (2)]
Serj Sargsyan refutes rumours that he has a share in all big businesses in Armenia. [no comment]
Serj Sargsyan does not think that his entourage casts a shadow on him.
Serj Sargsyan does not think that the staffing policy of the past years was shameful. In any case, Sargsyan promises not to appoint those who have bad reputation among the people. [to start with..?]
Serj Sargsyan - Coalition government: ARF Dashnaktsutyun will take part in governmental coalition. [Rumours are widespread in Yerevan that Vazgen Manukyan is currently making a deal with the authorities.] Sargsyan added that he also “met Leader of the National-Democratic Union Vazgen Manukyan” without elaborating further.
Serj Sargsyan: We intend to amend legislation and establish certain guarantees for parliamentary minority. According to him, the platform of the parliament is quite a good place for solving such problems as the fight against corruption and establishment of justice. [wow!]
Serj Sargsyan: Lack of trust in pro-government media. During a TV interview today he said that he is concerned that people trust rumours and the information from the Internet more than the information broadcast on TV by channels like H1 and H2. [I wonder why? or do I?]
Serj Sargsyan: My opinion does not always coincide with the opinion of President Kocharyan. [‘revelation’]
Serj Sargsyan thinks that U.S. President George Bush has not congratulated him because of post-election situation in Armenia and not election itself. [I always thought that ‘post- election’ cannot be without ‘election’]
Serj Sargsyan: Opposition electorate can take active part in coming local authorities elections [What a generous man!]
Serj Sargsyan: We have never used army for political purposes. [March 1]
Serj Sargsyan: I don't know exactly whose shops were robbed and destroyed during Mar 1 events. [when asked if the shops belonged to oligarchs related to the authorities]
Serj Sargsyan: There was no order to disperse the oppositionists rallying at Liberty Square. [“Mistakes”?]
Serj Sargsyan regrets that General Manvel Grigoryan tried to go into politics and to disobey supreme commander [effectively confirming claims denied by Defence Minister that General Manvel supports Levon Ter-Petrosyan opposition movement]. “I regret that for some reasons General Manvel Grigoryan tried to go into the politics and to disobey the supreme commander.” "General Manvel Grigoryan is my comrade-in-arms. Moreover, his wife. Nazik, was fighting along with us. I have never tried to involve Grigoryan into the politics. I regret that for some reasons he tried to do it himself and disobeyed the supreme commander. I think it is necessary to examine the circumstances of this case and solve this problem," Sargsyan said.
Serj Sargsyan: Communication with people via internet is the best format in the present situation. “Today, the internet is a strong mechanism for shaping the public opinion. That's why I have chosen this format of communication.” “This format allows people to ask all kinds of questions and to remain unknown. This is the best format in the present situation.” [and who censored Internet?]
*using ArmInfo reports