"Hayots Ashkhar" says that the "radical opposition" has failed to achieve the main goals of its spring offensive against President Robert Kocharian. The attempts this week to resurrect the impeachment issue are a sign of the opposition's desperation.
But as "Yerkir" writes, there are problems in the government camp as well. The opposition recourse to a clause in the new parliament statutes has left pro-government forces confused. "The position of some Republicans, to put it mildly, did not correspond to the approaches of the Republican Party." The governing party's leadership is clearly opposed to Kocharian's impeachment, but is at the same time reluctant to take action against those senior Republicans who have provided legal counseling to the opposition. This fact leads the newspaper of the Dashnaktsutyun party to conclude that both the opposition and the ruling factions are in turmoil.
"Orran" suspects that some government factions were behind the surprise opposition move in the parliament. The paper says they thus sent a warning to Kocharian.
"Haykakan Zhamanak" likewise comments that Prime Minister Andranik Markarian and his Republican Party are trying to enhance their "political weight" in the eyes of Kocharian by inciting more opposition attacks on the president and then forcing him to seek their help.
"It is becoming clear that not everybody in the government pyramid is willing to fight back attempts to raise the issue of the president's impeachment," "Iravunk" agrees. The next parliament sitting could turn out to be "extremely unpleasant for Robert Kocharian's nerves, especially given the fact that his rapport with Serzh Sarkisian is not quite honeymoon-like at the moment." One should therefore expect a "heated political summer." "Domestic political tension will continuously rise until it reaches the point where parliament will leave for recess." This will be followed by behind-the-scene talks among key political players.
"Aravot" accuses the government of breaking its pledge to make public income declarations filed earlier this year by senior government officials and civil servants. They are thus "continuing to hide their real revenues from the public." Many top officials, the paper claims, did not even bother to file such statements to the ministry for state revenues in accordance with the Armenian law on financial disclosure. They were simply given time to re-register their property under the names of their relatives or cronies.
"Azg" says the "anti-Armenian movement" unfolding in Russia is worrying the Armenian authorities also because they fear that scores of Armenians could be expelled and forced to return to their homeland to join the huge army of the unemployed.