“Ayb-Fe” reports that hearings at the Armenian Constitutional Court on an appeal brought by former presidential candidate Artashes Geghamian are becoming increasingly embarrassing for the Central Election Commission. The paper says Wednesday’s court session exposed the CEC’s professional “illiteracy.”
“The Constitutional Court has devastated the Central Election Commission,” claims “Orran,” which is delighted with the court’s “impartiality and desire to establish justice.” And yet, the paper says, the CEC remains convinced of its “impunity.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” says Geghamian’s representatives are really happy with the course of the court proceedings so far. “In their words, they couldn’t even dream that the Constitutional Court of a ‘dictatorial country’ like Armenia will display such a liberal, impartial and objective approach,” the paper writes.
“Azg” is worried about the authorities’ decision to combine the May 25 parliamentary elections with a referendum on Robert Kocharian’s constitutional amendments. The paper is worried that the constitutional referendum will be overshadowed by the election campaign and “will not get serious attention.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” is more preoccupied with the abundance of political parties and blocs contesting the elections. It could confuse voters, the paper says.
Galust Sahakian, a leader of the governing Republican Party (HHK), tells “Haykakan Zhamanak” that the HHK should win the elections. “We should have a bigger representation in the future parliament than we have now,” he says. “We do not hide the fact that we again claim the post of the government’s chief executive.” Sahakian says Defense Minister Serzh Sarkisian’s inclusion on the HHK’s electoral slate has “introduced clarity into the political landscape.”
“Orran” says the Republicans and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) are already “at each other's throats.” “The final aim [of the feud] is not so much taking the parliament as getting hold of the prime minister’s post,” the paper writes. “Our reality has convincingly proved that there are two posts in this country: those of president and prime minister. The other ones are their derivatives.”
According to “Aravot,” “super-minister and number one oligarch” Serzh Sarkisian now controls not only the HHK but also many other groups such as Orinats Yerkir, the Communist Party and even Artashes Geghamian’s National Unity. Their separate participation in the elections is part of the regime’s strategy of keeping Stepan Demirchian’s Artarutyun bloc from winning a majority in the next National Assembly.