“Yerkir” comments that Armenia’s reshuffled government ceases to be a structure where all major appointments are made as a result of “intrigues.” The Dashnaktsutyun newspaper says the three ministries taken over by the party are just as important as the ones it controlled until now. Dashnaktsutyun, for example, has always attached great importance to social justice. Hence, the appointment of one of its leaders, Aghvan Vartanian, as minister of social security. The paper says the party has “clear programs” of managing its spheres of responsibility.
“I think we have an opportunity to rectify others’ false promises,” a prominent Dashnaktsutyun lawmaker, Alvard Petrosian, tells “Aravot.” The paper claims, for its part, that the Republican Party will not hesitate to blame government failures on its coalition partners.
“Hayots Ashkhar” says the three pro-Kocharian parties may have outlined their top priorities and goals, but have yet to agree on how they will go about achieving them. What they need is “permanent discussions” on every major issue facing their government. The government will also probably need the consent of all three parties for making important decisions. The paper is worried that this could slow down its decision-making process.
“Orran” says the troika portrays the creation of its coalition as a “heroic page in the history of the Armenian people.” “In reality, what we have is criminals dividing the loot after a huge spate of electoral crimes repeatedly registered by the entire civilized world,” the paper says. “The rest is empty talk.” The paper is convinced that the new government will not fulfill its lavish pledges. “Why should the very relatively new parliament and government fight against corruption when they don’t have such a desire? If they do, what kept them from launching such a fight two years ago?”
In another commentary, “Orran” says only one person, Robert Kocharian, has benefited from the latest political processes. “This was the most blatant violation of the constitution because the constitution envisages separation of powers. Therefore, the president’s authority can not extend to the parliament.” The paper says the power-sharing deal is a political trap for the Dashnaks. Their ministers now have to deliver on Orinats Yerkir’s populist campaign promises. But it is the Republicans that will bear the bulk of responsibility for the new government.
“Iravunk” also thinks that Kocharian has reinforced his positions. He will play the dominant role in the coalition. “A certain balance has been created inside the government system, and it will be quite long-lasting,” the paper concludes.