According to Russia’s Kommersant newspaper reporter who was present at his press conference, Armenia’s first president Levon Ter-Petrosyan harshly criticised European election monitoring missions (OSCE/ODHIR) for their initial ‘mainly positive’ assessment of presidential elections in Armenia, despite evidence of blatant fraud, violence and irregularities. Levon Ter-Petrosyan consider current political situation in Armenia as continuation of post-election process, and European observers’ initial positive assessment of elections was instrumental in current dramatic escalation of events.
Levon Ter-Petrosyan believes that ruling regime went for violent crackdown of opposition movement in Armenia in order to prevent very possible Constitutional Court ruling to annul Central Election Commission decision over presidential election (which grants victory to prime minister Serj Sargsyan).
In relation to overnight violence in Yerevan, Ter-Petrosyan said that it would not have happened if they allowed him to join the rally and speak to people. He would have suggested thousands of spontaneous protesters to start marching and take people to other place, which would calm things down. Not only Armenian authorities did not release him from his ‘house arrest’ but they also used “agent provocateurs” to escalate the situation and provoke clashes and other provocations (looting etc.)
*based on Radio Liberty broadcast