“Hayots Ashkhar” reports that former President Levon Ter-Petrosian met with his closest allies at his Yerevan residence on Tuesday, asking them to explain why he should run in the February elections. The paper claims that at the end of the meeting, which lasted for about five hours, Ter-Petrosian announced that he has already decided to contest the polls. Later in the day, the ruling board of the former ruling HHSh called an emergency congress of the party that will formally endorse the ex-president’s candidacy later this month.
According to “Iravunk,” the HHSh and its satellites also discussed the possibility of forming an electoral alliance. “Thus, the HHSh leaders are very seriously gearing up for both the presidential and parliamentary elections. Once their internal bargaining is over, a huge structure possessing serious resources may spring up in the political arena,” the paper says.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” says some governing factions are closely following Ter-Petrosian’s political maneuvers and may end up jumping on his bandwagon very soon.
“Iravunk” thinks that President Kocharian will be seeking to get reelected in the first round of voting because “in the event of a second round, the state apparatus will hardly work for Kocharian at its full capacity.” But, the paper says, that problem may dog Kocharian already in the first round if Ter-Petrosian decides to put forward his candidacy. The latter would garner votes “at the expense of Kocharian.”
Similar problems, according to “Hayots Ashkhar,” face the opposition candidates who are beginning to fight each other in order to win over “the opposition electorate.” “In particular, a real war has begun for the legacy of Karen Demirchian,” the paper says.