“Aravot” says President Kocharian and Prime Minister Markarian do not seem to agree with Transport and Communications Minister Andranik Markarian’s harsh criticism of the ArmenTel company. The paper wonders why they didn’t keep Manukian from voicing serious accusations against ArmenTel’s parent company, OTE, if they really felt that the deal on telephone charges is good for Armenia.
“Hayots Ashkhar” looks for reasons why “mud thrown at Markarian never smears him.” It says the prime minister has confounded numerous for his speculations about his imminent dismissal thanks to his “balanced” leadership of the executive and avoidance of “political intrigues.”
“Hayastani Hanrapetutyun” deplores in this regard perceived opposition efforts to “create tensions between the prime minister and the Dashnaktsutyun party” which is represented in his cabinet.
Prosecutor-General Aram Tamazian rejects claims that his agency is seeking to portray the late prime minister Vazgen Sarkisian as a criminal. He tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that his February 4 decision to order an inquiry into Sarkisian’s alleged involvement in human rights abuses is actually aimed at clearing his name. The investigators wanted to close the case on the grounds that Sarkisian is not alive. This justification, according to Tamazian, could leave the impression that the assassinated premier may indeed have been guilty and is not investigated just because of his death.
However, Sarkisian’s younger brother and the leader of the opposition Hanrapetutyun party believes that the timing of Tamazian’s decision was not accidental. Aram Sarkisian tells “Aravot” the fact that ex-premier is put under investigation during the trial of his assassins shows that the authorities pursue a hidden agenda. He says even the persons who had claimed to have been attacked by Vazgen Sarkisian in the past have shied away from repeating their allegations after his death. “I don’t think that these authorities have the right to judge Vazgen if one considers their morality and behavior. Nor do I think that these authorities are better than Vazgen Sarkisian or were against or not involved in his actions taken at that time.”
Sarkisian’s mother also condemns the authorities for unleashing “that disgusting smear campaign.” “They are forgetting that power is not eternal and that the day of their retribution will come,” Greta Sarkisian says in an interview with “Haykakan Zhamanak.”
“Hayots Ashkhar,” meanwhile, notes that a litany of “compromising material” in the Armenian political arena is not having desired effects. At least no senior government official has been prosecuted or even lost his job after facing corruption allegations from the media. The authorities do not even bother to deny information discrediting them.