"Iravunk" sees "active political processes" going on in Armenia despite the summer vacation period. The paper says Prime Minister Andranik Markarian's Republican Party (HHK) scored yet another political victory with the appointment of a new head of the Armenian civil aviation agency. President Robert Kocharian is also not wasting his time. He is already appointing members of the new election commissions. But the paper predicts that their formation "will be accompanied by clashes and scandals."
According to "Golos Armenii," Armenian politics is "no higher mathematics" these days. It is rather a craft where every means is seen as legitimate. Armenian politicians are "primitively pragmatic." Hence, the "strangest alliances" among political groups with opposite ideologies. The paper notes disapprovingly that politicians like Vazgen Manukian, Albert Bazeyan and Paruyr Hayrikian are now not averse to cooperating with the Armenian Pan-National Movement (HHSh), the former ruling party. As for the Republicans, they are now very self-confident and do not need any allies. This might be the reason why they do not rush to endorse Kocharian's reelection bid. "That means that they can stand by a stronger candidate at any moment," the paper concludes.
"Or" comments that the efforts by the Armenian Communist Party (HKK) to form an alliance with the People's Party (HZhK) and Hanrapetutyun reveal its "unprecedented weakness and impotence." "In the past, the Communists were able to go it alone in the elections," the paper writes.
"Or" also presents Sunday's presidential elections in Nagorno-Karabakh as a "turning point in modern Armenian history." "Nobody doubts the superiority of the current president, Ghukasian, over his challengers. He has also been backed by all major political forces, ranging from the Communists to Dashnaktsutyun." So the Karabakh elections could restore the Armenian public's confidence in free and fair elections, according to the paper.