The recent uptick in criticism of incumbent authorities by former Armenian president Robert Kocharian is prompting speculation in Yerevan that he is angling to make a political comeback.
The 59-year-old Kocharian, a Nagorno-Karabakh native, served as Armenia’s president from 1998-2008. He has the reputation of a tough political infighter with a taste for big business, big politics, and, on occasion, windsurfing. The focus of his recent attacks has been Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian, who Kocharian derided as “morally defective,” “mediocre” and “helpless” (an appraisal delivered after Sarkisian’s dismissal of economic growth under Kocharian as “a bubble”). The public nature of the criticism served as a signal to many political analysts that Kocharian wanted to return to the political center stage.
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