“Zhamanak” says the Armenian political landscape still lacks clarity after this month’s dramatic “re-distribution” of political forces in the parliament. The rift in the HZhK came as a total surprise to the paper. It now contends that Stepan Demirchian and other leaders of the party already regard themselves as part of the “radical opposition” and will formally quit the Miasnutyun bloc “in early autumn.”
Parliament speaker Armen Khachatrian, one of the legislators who have left the HZhK, dismisses its calls for fresh parliamentary elections, in an interview with “Hayastani Hanrapetutyun.” Khachatrian says the HZhK arguments do not provide a case for the dissolution of the National Assembly.
But as Dashnaktsutyun leader Vahan Hovannisian tells “Hayots Ashkhar,” the parliament will have to be dissolved if “the last attempt to make it healthier” fails in September. “If it does not succeed then this parliament will be redundant in our political life,” Hovannisian says.
The chairman of the parliament committee on science and education, Shavarsh Kocharian, believes that Vazgen Manukian should primarily blame himself for the turmoil in his National Democratic Union (AZhM). Kocharian, who split from the AZhM together with his supporters last February, tells “Yerkir” that Manukian is now paying the price for his refusal to stand by the party’s pro-opposition wing at the last AZhM congress. He says he will not rejoin to the AZhM in case Manukian defeats his challengers.
“Azg” reports that the situation in the Metsamor nuclear plant is getting increasingly “explosive” over the authorities’ failure to pay all back wages to its frustrated personnel. The Metsamor staff issued another warning to the government on Monday, threatening to go on strike unless the five-month wage arrears are cleared by August 7. Energy Minister Karen Galustian earlier pledged to solve the problem by next month.