Robert Kocharian rejects as “absurd and extraordinary” accusations that he sponsors terrorism by releasing parliament attack suspects, “Hayots Ashkhar” reports, quoting presidential spokesman Vahe Gabrielian. The accusations were made by HZhK leader Stepan Demirchian.
“Hayots Ashkhar” is alarmed at the recent opposition gains, which it says mainly result from lack of unity in the pro-government camp. The authorities have been on the defensive lately, having no political strategy of their own. The paper says key government posts are held by individuals who, instead of formulating policies, care about their own business and are therefore afraid of spoiling relations with anybody. The authorities must “sober up, form their own team and consolidate the pro-government pole.”
Aghvan Vartanian, chairman of the Dashnaktsutyun faction in the parliament, makes the same point in an interview with “Yerkir.” He says steps taken the authorities are largely irrelevant to the country’s needs. It is high time to “display political will, take radical steps, act like a single team so that our people see that it’s possible to establish law and order in all spheres.”
A parliament deputy from the National Democratic Union (AZhM) already speaks of the need to create an alliance of pro-government forces to counter growing opposition attacks. “The AZhM, just like Dashnaktsutyun and other parties, do not have that potential at the moment,” Semion Baghdasarian tells “Hayots Ashkhar.” “Resources are today in the hands of the Republican Party. They must take first steps in that direction.”
Meanwhile, the HZhK’s Demirchian repeats his reluctance to break all links with the government when he tells “Aravot” that he is against “hasty decisions.” He also denies that his party is facing serious internal disagreements. “Don’t worry. The party is not under threat of a break-up, and we can solve the problems.” Demirchian goes on to accuse unnamed “external forces” of spreading discord inside the HZhK.
As political tensions increase “Iravunk” laments “the atmosphere of extreme intolerance.” It says the two camps embroiled in the “fierce confrontation” are currently in a “revolutionary” mood.