“Hayots Ashkhar” urges the two presidential finalists to clearly present their programs to the electorate before next week’s run-off. But the paper says Stepan Demirchian is in no mood to do so. His “noisy” rallies preclude any “serious political discussion.”
The leader of the Armenian parliament’s largest Miasnutyun faction, Galust Sahakian, tells “Golos Armenii” that opposition actions are devoid of “logic and common sense.” “They are only circulating calls and provocations,” he says. Sahakian admits that the opposition has “reached success in a certain sense.” He goes on to allege that the Azerbaijani government and the Demirchian-led opposition pursue the same goal: “Armenia without Robert Kocharian.”
In an editorial titled “We don’t need a dictator,” “Aravot” says that public disaffection with the current Armenian leadership beats all expectations. Kocharian, it says, was also unaware of that because his top aides were painting a much rosier picture. What he is doing now is to tour his campaign offices and boost the morale of those mid-level government officials who run them. The paper claims that this is part of his preparations for “second-round vote irregularities.” “But the atmosphere in the country has changed in the last ten days. Popular resistance to the vote irregularities has increased considerably.”
In another commentary, “Aravot” writes that many of those who vote for Demirchian are not impressed with his intellectual capabilities and simply reject the current regime and the “clans” supporting it. Many businesspeople want Demirchian to be president in the hope that he will break economic monopolies owned by Kocharian’s cronies.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” attacks the Armenian Communist Party (HKK) for its effective reversal of an earlier decision to endorse Demirchian. “The HKK has once again proved that in the conditions of a market economy it can be easily bought and sold,” the paper charges.