“Aravot” continues to express skepticism about the Constitutional Court’s ability and willingness to investigate allegations of vote rigging during the recent presidential elections. The paper says Stepan Demirchian should withdraw his appeal to the court because he stands no chance of winning the case. The Constitutional Court, it says, has never challenged Armenian presidents since its creation in 1995. “It is just like our other state institutions,” “Aravot” concludes.
But “Haykakan Zhamanak” is far more upbeat about Demirchian’s chances. The paper says Demirchian has submitted far more evidence of electoral fraud to the court than another opposition candidate, Artashes Geghamian, did.
“Aravot” reports that the opposition Artarutyun (Justice) alliance led by Demirchian is considering asking Prosecutor-General Aram Tamazian to arrest organizers of the anti-government rallies, rather than ordinary people attending them. The paper suggests that that will happen sooner or later if the authorities get away with the latest “illegal mass arrests.”
“Orran” complains that the international community’s reaction to the ongoing developments in Armenia has not been forceful enough. That, the paper says, will only encourage the authorities to step up their crackdown on the opposition. But the latter must not cave in to the pressure.
“Azg” writes that the Demirchian-led opposition bloc will not boycott the May parliamentary elections despite its continuing threats to do so. “The opposition will not take such a step,” the paper says, adding that opposition leaders do not pin their hopes only on the anti-government rallies. For them, the parliament is an important forum for embarrassing the authorities and getting their message across.
“Hayots Ashkhar” quotes Prosecutor-General Aram Tamazian as saying that “new circumstances” have emerged in the criminal investigation into state television chief Tigran Naghdalian’s murder. But he does not specify what those circumstances are. “We are trying to make sure that the investigation is as speedy as possible,” he says. “But at this point we can not say how long it will last.”