"Haykakan Zhamanak" reports that the brother of controversial deputy Levon Sarkisian was appointed chief manager of a power distribution network in Yerevan on the same day that the latter hit one of his opposition colleagues holding the parliament rostrum. The paper says Sarkisian thereby thanked the authorities for giving his brother a highly lucrative job. "In effect, the assault on Aramayis Barseghian was a sign of his gratitude toward the authorities."
"Iravunk" claims that the political situation in Armenia bodes well for a coup d'etat. "The head of state, the executive and legislative branches have been discredited in the eyes of the public. The head of state has no normal support base even among political forces that are considered pro-government. At the same time the opposition is not yet able to change the head of state. The population is not inclined to trust the majority of political forces and leaders." This, the paper argues, is a fertile ground for broad public support for "the idea of a national dictatorship."
"Zhamanak" says the avoidance of such a debate was a mistake on the part of the authorities. They should have realized that the opposition is too weak to threaten Kocharian in the parliament.
"Orran" reports that Vazgen Manukian and many opposition leaders believe that "Robert Kocharian has suffered one of his greatest pre-election defeats." Kocharian would have sustained less political damage had the impeachment issue been discussed by the deputies, they told the paper. Manukian also thinks that Kocharian will not be able to stay in power if the next presidential election is free and fair. He says Kocharian will also be unable to ensure his reelection through vote rigging.
In an article printed by "Yerkir," a parliament deputy from the Dashnaktsutyun party, Ruben Hovsepian, complains that Kocharian has long stopped visiting the parliament. And yet he is the one who should conduct "demining activities" in Armenia's political landscape, Hovsepian writes.
"Haykakan Zhamanak" reports that the chief of the Moscow office of Armenian Airlines, Karen Avagian, was arrested by Russian law-enforcement officers at the city's Vnukovo airport earlier this week. Avagian is suspected of smuggling valuable artworks from Armenia.