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“Aravot” makes the point that Robert Kocharian’s threats to punish unruly deputies have only toughened the opposition stance against his regime and alienated some of his loyal parliamentarians.

“Haykakan Zhamanak” says that was the reason why the government asked the parliament to delay the vote on its proposed changes in the parliament statutes. Many pro-government deputies believe that the proposed measures are too harsh. The paper is confident that the government bill not be passed by the National Assembly even two weeks later.

“Orran” says the parliament debates on the proposed changes degenerated into discussions on “whether or not this country needs Robert Kocharian as a president.” The answer to that question, according to the paper, was “predominantly negative.” “Nevertheless, Robert Kocharian won. The show of force was extremely important ahead of the decisive battles. It has demonstrated that the [parliament] majority’s Chinese Wall is not very reliable.”

“Azg” describes Friday’s vote postponement as a “miserable attempt of self-salvation” by the government and its allies. The paper says it was a bad omen for the parliament majority.

Even “Hayots Ashkhar” disapproves of the government’s intention to impose tough penalties on opposition deputies disrupting parliament debates. The pro-presidential paper says the government has much more urgent tasks than seeking amendments in the law regulating the parliament’s day-to-day work. “The executive and legislative branches constantly deviate from performing their direct duties. They often take steps that further complicate the current situation which already contains many question marks.”

(Vache Sarkisian)
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