Parliament speaker Armen Khachatrian assures "Hayots Ashkhar" that the row over proposed changes in the parliament statutes is over following a "political dialogue" among the parliament factions.
However, reports by other newspapers suggest the opposite. "Orran" says the opposition has opened a new front in its standoff with President Kocharian by renewing allegations about his role in the 1999 parliament killings. Tuesday's statements by a senior member of the Hanrapetutyun party, Artak Zeynalian, were meant to keep up opposition pressure on the authorities.
"Hayots Ashkhar" calls Zeynalian's claims a "nonsense." The paper quotes presidential adviser Aleksan Harutiunian, who is at the center of the affair, as describing Zeynalian as a "fool" and "degenerate."
"Haykakan Zhamanak" reports that the 13 opposition parties will soon publicize what they believe are legal grounds for Kocharian's impeachment.
"Orran" dismisses arguments that the opposition has no clear program of addressing Armenia's problems. The top priority at the moment, the paper says, is to change the "perverse system" created by the current authorities. That systems makes it impossible to hold "fair elections." "This is not only a political and judicial issue. This is also a moral issue," it writes. Even the government admits that its senior members are engaged in corrupt practices. "They admit it without even understanding that that is the result of the implementation of their so-called programs."
As for the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, "Orran" says it must be resolved only on the basis of "sound calculations." "Our concessions and gains must necessarily be commensurate with our suffering and losses." Also, the October 27 crime must at last be solved. And finally, Armenians "should live a life which they deserve after centuries of suffering." "Here is the [opposition] program. The rest is just tactical and economic calculations that are supposed to serve this program."
According to "Aravot," the 13-party opposition alliance is "seriously considering" the possibility of fielding its candidate in the upcoming presidential elections in Karabakh. They have already agreed that Hrant Khachatrian, leader of the small Union for Constitutional Rights (SIM) party, is best placed to take on that role. Khachatrian confirms that such discussions have been held, but adds that the opposition parties have not yet taken any "official decisions."