Aravot has posed the following question to the presidential spokesman, Vahe Gabrielian; "How does president Kocharian evaluate the defeat in the parliament of the bill on civil service?" Mr. Gabrielian has replied that many of those who launched an active demagoguery campaign against corruption, clanish behavior,
willfulness, and other negative things have voted against the bill which is specifically designed to fight these phenomena. It is obvious that there is no civilized country which does not have a civil service law. I am sure the bill will pass, Vahe Gabrielian told "Aravot". There is no one in Armenia who does not dream of having a comfortable position in the public sector. Therefore, the
paper concludes, all parliamentarians who voted for or against the civil serice bill had their interests.
According to "Yerkir" daily, the vote on the bill regulating public sector employees, which took place last Thursday, showed a new rift between parliamentary factions and groups on the bases of political self-interst and expediency. One group sees its future tied to the president, the other is not. Criticizing the opposition "Yerkir" also examines another aspect of the crucial vote. The authorities want to create the administrative resourses, which could be used during the next presidential and parliamentary elections. So the parliamentary opposition wants to decide the fate of the future political battles by depriving the authorities from the opportunity to create a avorable political base, according to "Yerkir".
All those who try to defend the policy of the current authorities are becoming the target of a terror campaign, which is organized by "Ashot Manucharian and his 'Front'", "Hayots Askharh" says. This is a very familiar signature of the politics of the former ruling party "HHSh" in its early days. The paper promises to publish the names of all those politicians who terrorize and call for illegal activities thus creating a poisonous atmosphere. In the leaflet
circulated by the " National Accord Front" promises to publish the names of the politicians who support Robert Kocharian's regime and serve his policies.
One of the first names mentioned in the leaflet is a communist deputy Yuri Manukian. The leader of the Armenian communists, Vladimir Darbinian demanded an explanation from Mr. Manukian, saying that it is insulting for the communists to be accused as the servant of Kocharian's policies. Yuri Manukian should clear his name, the communist leader told "Haikakan Zhamanak".
The former Mayor of Yerevan, Albert Bazeyan told "Haikakan Zhamanak" that in 1998 the idea of changing the regime in Armenia came from Karabakh. He remembers that former Nagorno-Karabakh army chief Samvel Babayan met with all parliamentary factions and told them that Levon Ter-Petrossian and his government wanted to solve the Karabakh conflict not in favor of Armenia. He urged them that the only way to prevent that from happening was to remove Levon Ter-Petrossian from power. Bazeyan told the newspaper that Robert Kocharian was not Yerkrapah's favborite candidate for president. The "Karabakhi" wing of the authorities deceived the "Yerkrapah". The political programs of Robert Kocharian and the "Miasnutyun" coalition were always different. If there were no differences between Vazgen Sarkissian and Robert Kocharian, Vazgen Sarkissian would have never entered the political arena and would never want to create a political force, Albert Bazeyan told "Haykakan Zhamanak".
"Aravot" reports that the "Hanrapetutyun" party leaders, including Mr. Bazeyan had a very successful visit to the "Armavir" region, where they established a regional branch of the party. The paper informs that the they had similar successes in other regions of the country. During the visit Aram Sarkissian, the brother of former prime minister Vazgen Sarkissian criticized president Kocharian and called for early presidential elections.