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“Haykakan Zhamanak” says the Armenian government’s new program submitted to the National Assembly contains only some vague references to the fight against corruption, promised by the three coalition parties during the election campaign. “These are just nicely formulated empty phrases,” the paper says, suggesting two necessary conditions for scaling down corruption. “The government elite must not be corrupt and must have a political will to combat corruption. And because none of these two conditions are in place in Armenia, no program…will yield any results.”

“Ayb-Fe” claims that the political programs of the three coalition parties have differences on “numerous key issues.” “Many of their representatives can’t stand each other,” the paper says. “So the coalition will have a short and fruitless life.” But it is not the ideological differences that will cause it to collapse. The coalition will fall apart because of “collective responsibility” born by its members.

A senior parliamentarian representing the opposition Artarutyun (Justice) bloc, Victor Dallakian, expresses skepticism about the new parliament’s professional fitness, in an interview with “Aravot.” “According to my observations, the National Assembly hall will be empty as early as this September,” Dallakian predicts. “There will also arise problems relating to the work of the [parliament] committees. This could have serious consequences for our statehood. There will be some internal tension resulting from serious social polarization and certain external pressures.” A “puppet parliament” is very dangerous for Armenia, Dallakian says.

Another opposition leader, Vazgen Manukian, makes a case in “Haykakan Zhamanak” for a “popular upheaval” against the Armenian authorities. “I am convinced that such an upheaval awaits us,” Manukian says. He argues that any form of popular resistance to “individuals who stole power from them” would be constitutional and legitimate.

“Azg” attacks the Constitutional Court and other judicial bodies for “glossing over” instances of vote rigging highlighted by defeated candidates appealing to them. “Nobody will be punished [for electoral fraud],” the paper concludes grimly.

“Hayots Ashkhar” says the appointment of Orinats Yerkir’s Tamara Poghosian as minister of culture left many prominent Armenian intellectuals in “shock.” Poghosian, who is an engineer by training, tells the paper that even she was surprised with her appointment. “This is a new sphere which I must conquer,” she says. “The most brilliant decision of our party was that this sphere must be run by a woman. I have a public image and it is very dear to me…I have brought my party thousands of votes with my image because I am a new, clean figure, I have earned everything with hard work,” she says. Poghosian claims that he is well aware of “all nuances of leadership.”

(Vache Sarkisian)
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