The president of Nagorno-Karabakh, Arkady Ghukasian, assures "Hayots Ashkhar" that he is interested in ensuring the freedom and fairness of the August 11 presidential elections, because he believes that this would strengthen the unrecognized republic's bargaining position in the ongoing peace talks. Ghukasian at the same time warns his opponents that any attempt to question the outcome of the vote "would not be understood by the Armenian public." He says he "understands" the interest shown by some Armenian parties in the Karabakh elections.
The deputy chairman of the Armenian Union of Entrepreneurs and Industrialists, Levon Poghosian, tells "Azg" that the Karabakh authorities will succeed in drastically improving the economic situation in the disputed enclave within the next two years if they stick to their current policies. Economic development would become another argument against Karabakh's return under Azerbaijani rule, Poghosian says.
"Hayastani Hanrapetutyun," meanwhile, quotes Artur Shishmanian, a Diaspora Armenian businessman who has invested in Karabakh, as urging his Diaspora fellows to follow his example. "Karabakh is a reliable and unique place for doing business," Shishmanian says, adding that he will manage to drum up more Diaspora investments in Karabakh.
Interviewed by "Hayots Ashkhar," opposition leader Vazgen Manukian shrugs off the claims that next year's presidential elections in Armenia will amount to a two-horse race between Robert Kocharian and a representative of the country's "former regime," most probably ex-president Levon Ter-Petrosian. Manukian believes that Ter Petrosian and his allies do not pose the biggest threat to the current authorities. In fact, there are numerous similarities between them, according to Manukian.
"Orran" takes the view that government levers and money are no longer the key to winning elections in Armenia. The paper claims that ordinary Armenians do not want to be manipulated by their rulers anymore. Therefore, the upcoming local, presidential and legislative elections will be a "choice of a person's orientations and positions."