“Iravunk” says President Kocharian has a strong interest in seeing political parties not quite sympathetic to him fall apart. Miasnik Malkhasian of the Yerkrapah Union’s parliament faction agrees: “What should have been on the floor is now going up. I often think optimistically that time will put everything in its place, but am also worried that by thinking so we might be late.”
But “Hayots Ashkhar” takes the view that the parties themselves are to blame for their troubles. Instead of helping the country get on its feet they “spend most of their energy on internal squabbles.”
Murad Muradian, the former minister of environment, continues to slam those whose fired him a week ago. “If this country does not get rid of 20 or 25 individuals it won’t straighten up,” he tells “Azg.” “As long as this prime minister is in office there can be no justice in this country.”
The accusations are dismissed in “Hayots Ashkhar” by Minister for Industrial Infrastructures David Zadoyan. “If he had something to say [while in office] he should have spoken out at that time,” Zadoyan says, adding that it is “not quite nice” to denigrate a government in which Muradian worked for a year. He at the same time notes that the sacked minister has had positive accomplishments in his area of responsibility. And Zadoyan acknowledges that the state is being “fooled” by private companies extracting Armenia’s natural resources. This costs the government around $10 million each year.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” carries a list of who it thinks are the ten most influential “economic figures” in Armenia. Topping it is millionaire Khachatur Sukiasian, owner of the SIL group, followed by Senik Gevorgian of the Prometevs construction company mainly operating in Russia. Also is in the list are the non-Armenian chief executives of ArmenTel, Yerevan Brandy Company and the HSBC Bank Armenia.
“Zhamanak” is worried that war rhetoric in Azerbaijan not only continues but is also gaining momentum despite recent warnings from the OSCE mediators. “Cries about starting a war and winning it is the main weapon of those who are weak and suffering from the complex of inferiority,” it writes in an editorial. “In a sense, it is probably right to ignore and not to react. But do the Azeris understand correctly the reason for our silence? Maybe they are making an illusory and absurd conclusion that if we don’t respond to their war calls then we lack confidence in our forces. In that case, it’s worth refreshing their memory.”