“Hayastani Hanrapetutyun” gives a highly positive coverage of Wednesday’s presidential elections, saying that there were only “a number of irregularities” committed only by opposition proxies.
“Hayots Ashkhar” calls the vote “a step forward.” The paper, which came out long before the announcement of an impending run-off, says Kocharian won between 55 and 60 percent of the vote. “The elections took place in one round and ended in victory for Robert Kocharian,” it says. The paper urges Armenians to ignore opposition allegations of vote rigging.
The picture painted by the pro-opposition “Ayb-Fe” and “Orran” is absolutely different. Both papers decry the “mass irregularities” and say the February 19 vote was the least democratic in Armenia’s history.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” agrees that the elections were “accompanied by blatant illegalities,” some of which it presents on its pages. The paper claims that the highest number of irregularities was registered in the northern Shirak and Lori provinces. Nonetheless, it says, the opposition has won.
“Aravot” predicts that the authorities will announce on Thursday evening that Kocharian won reelection with 56 percent of the vote. “But is also possible that the authorities will be more humble and will announce a second round,” the paper says. In any case, it says, the opposition protests will be fruitless.