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By Vache Sarkissian

During last 10 years of independence we didn't notice that we became very pragmatic and, to some extend, very pessimistic, "Hayots Askharh" newspaper writes. We were forced to ignore the principles that we declared and to forget our dreams. As a result, we have fulfilled only the part of the declaration of independence, which rejected the legal norms and laws of the totalitarian system of the past. Our attempts to make a transition to the new system were weak and inconsistent, the paper concludes.

Analyzing post-independence period, "Aravot" newspaper evaluates four years of Robert Kocharian's presidency as a period of insidiousness and conspiracies. "The coup that has been staged by the terrorist group of "October 27" gave unlimited powers to those, who came to a power without understanding this country and its people," "Aravot" writes.

In an interview with "Hayots Askharh" Deputy speaker of the Armenian Parliament Tigran Torosian said that HZhK (People's party of Armenia) and Hanrapatakan party (Republican) should meet and make an arrangement for a break up in a civilized, honorable manner. There has to be a clear statement that the coalition between these two parties does not exist, Torosian said, adding that in fact there is another majority in the Parliament for more than one year.

"Haikakan Zhamanak" claims that it obtained an information from well-informed sources, according to which the government agencies have received an order to make sure that during upcoming cencus the population in Armenia will be no less than 3 million 200 thousand. These figures will give political and physiological advantages for the current government. It will give also some advantages in terms of getting humanitarian aid. An inflated figures of total population in Armenia could help Kocharian's re-elections, because it will be easier to falsify election results, "Haikakan Zhamanak" writes.

Presidential spokesman Vahe Gabrielian denied today a report published in "Hayots Askharh", according to which during recent meeting with President Kocharian British-Armenian millionaire Vache Manukian promised to make a substantial investment in Armenia, if Kocharian agrees to appoint his candidate as prime minister of Armenia. "There was no such conversation between Vache Manukian and President Kocharian," Vahe Gabrielian told "Hayots Askharh".
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