YEREVAN—Armenia’s former foreign minister Vartan Oskanian announced on Tuesday that he has applied to join the ranks of the Prosperous Armenia Party, a member of the ruling coalition.
“Yesterday I submitted my application for membership to the Prosperous Armenia Party. I make this decision convinced that the Prosperous Armenia Party, together with other political parties, is able to, through political competition, secure free and fair elections, and thus, a new National Assembly with a new configuration of political forces,” said Oskanian in a statement.
“As Chairman of the Board of the Civilitas Foundation, I had, on various occasions, expressed my views on events and developments in Armenia. Today, I believe it is time to become more actively involved in our political processes,” added Oskanian.
“Given the possibility of my membership in the Prosperous Armenia Party, in the coming days, the Civilitas Foundation Board will make a decision about my future status,” explained the former foreign minister.
Chairwoman of the Prosperous Armenia parliamentary bloc Naira Zohrabyan told Yerki.am on Tuesday said the Oskanian’s application will be evaluated based on the party’s rules, adding that the process will begin once party chairman Gagig Dzarugian returns from an overseas trip.
“Gagig Dzarukian has always said that Prosperous Armenia Party’s doors are open to any individual who is ready and willing to work toward a prosperous Armenia,” added Zohrabyan, who said that Oskanian’s experience and knowledge would be beneficial to the party.
She said Oskanian’s participation in the upcoming parliamentary elections has not yet been discussed by party officials.