Prosperous Armenia Party claims it will not support any other candidate
YEREVAN (RFE/RL)—Prosperous Armenia Party leader Gagik Tsarukian said on Wednesday that he will not stand as a candidate in the upcoming presidential election.
In a written statement, the Prosperous Armenia Party said Tsarukian announced his decision at an emergency meeting of the party’s governing body and parliamentary faction. It said this announcement led the meeting to decide that the Prosperous Armenia Party will not field a presidential candidate or support any other contender in the election scheduled for February 18.
The statement did not specify the reasons for the move given by Tsarukian. It said only that the tycoon thanked his allies for their “unconditional support and trust.”
Commenting on the development, Prosperous Armenia Party spokesman Tigran Urikhanian said Armenia’s second largest parliamentary forces is only keen to make Armenians better off. “No positions, including the post of president, can be a priority for us,” Urikhanian told RFE/RL’s Armenian service (Azatutyun.am). “Prosperous Armenia has other priorities and will not deviate from the path leading to them.”
“You should also bear in mind that the nomination or non-nomination of a leader is his personal decision,” he said, adding that the Prosperous Armenia Party decided not to endorse other presidential candidates “out of expediency.”
Tsarukian was widely expected to run for president until his unexpected weekend meeting with President Serzh Sarkisian. None of its details were officially made public.
Personally speaking, I was curious about what Armenia would have looked like under the rule of a powerful figure that, although feared, held a form of dubious respect among the general populace. With his withdrawal, I believe it’s a guarantee that the incumbent president will complete a decade as head of the Armenian state. Hard for change to occur when the ruling party has no real competition. Even in Canada and the States, there are 2 ruling parties that go head to head and bash one another like rams in heat during election time. Tsarukian would have given Armenia that particular advantage as well, pushing for the government to garner votes in fairer manner.
It’s like playing chess against yourself. You know all your own moves and have no incentive to do better. What’s the point of winning when there’s no one to defeat?
The system of Armenian numerals is a historic numeral system created using the majuscules (uppercase letters) of the Armenian alphabet. However, it was not limited to the use of only capitals. The system was invented in the 4th century, long before the Hindu system swept across the area, in response to the inefficiency of the Persian and Greek (Herodianic) systems before it.
There was no notation for zero in the old system, and the numeric values for individual letters were added together. The principles behind this system are the same as for the Ancient Greek numerals and Hebrew numerals. In modern Armenia, the familiar Arabic numerals are used. Armenian numerals are used more or less like the Roman numerals in modern English, e.g. Գարեգին Բ. means Garegin II and Գ. Գլուխ means Chapter III (as a headline).
The system used the first 9 letters as units, the 2nd 9 letters as tens, the 3rd 9 letters as hundreds and the 4th 9 letters as thousands.
The final two letters of the Armenian alphabet, “o” (Օ) and “fe” (Ֆ) were added to the Armenian alphabet only after Arabic numerals were already in use, to facilitate transliteration of other languages. Thus, they do not have a numerical value assigned to them.
Numbers in the Armenian numeral system are obtained by simple addition. Armenian numerals are written left-to-right (as in the Armenian language). Although the order of the numerals is irrelevant since only addition is performed, the convention is to write them in decreasing order of value.
Examples of this algorithm:
- ՌՋՀԵ = 1975 = 1000 + 900 + 70 + 5
- ՍՄԻԲ = 2222 = 2000 + 200 + 20 + 2
- ՍԴ = 2004 = 2000 + 4
- ՃԻ = 120 = 100 + 20
- Ծ = 50
For numbers greater than 9000, a line is drawn over a corresponding letter, multiplying it by 10,000; i.e., 10,000 would be Ա with a line over it, 20,000 would be Բ with a line over it, etc.
Romans repeated symbols for the purpose of addition only and this was done quite generally, for XX means 10+10, MM means 1000+1000, etc. However, the Armenian version repeated the letters very rarely and when it did, it was for the purpose of multiplication only, for ՌՌ means 1000 x 1000, ՄՌՌ =200 x 1000 x 1000, etc. While ՏՇՀԳ =4000+500+70+3=4573.