“Aravot” editorializes that this year’s elections in Armenia brought to light a “crisis of autocracy” around the world. The paper argues that after forcing the state bureaucracy and criminal elements to falsify the elections the ruling regime can not expect the latter to abide by the law. This will inevitably weaken and possibly destroy the existing government pyramid.
Political analyst Suren Zolian, meanwhile, laments a lack of “intellectual politicians” in Armenia, in an interview with “Azg.” “One should not think that parliamentary work does not require ethnical standards, intellectual skills or education,” he says. “It is a wrong approach to think that things will be settled over time. We have heard such fairy tales before…It’s the same thing as saying that a sick person does not need surgery. [The disease] will deepen if nothing is done. Radical measures are needed.” Zolian believes that the authorities will not even attempt to address the problem unless they feel popular pressure to do so.
“Hayots Ashkhar” finds “childish” opposition leader Artashes Geghamian’s strong attacks on the government at a news conference on Wednesday. The paper believes that Geghamian is angry because he didn’t get any share of the government pie as a result of the latest power-sharing arrangements. “We swore to boycott parliament sessions so furiously that one felt compelled to console the poor guy, wipe his tears and whisper to his ears, ‘Don’t be upset. See, nobody except the three [pro-presidential parties] has gotten anything’,” the paper says contemptuously. The lesson for Geghamian, according to “Hayots Ashkhar,” is that he should now avoid “making trouble” for the authorities. “And don’t tell anyone about your going or not going to parliaments. You’ll definitely go, when need be. You’ll run.”
“One should not intimidate people with ridiculous threats of collecting a million signatures or holding some referendums,” “Hayots Ashkhar” continues. “After all, the citizens may ask before signing, ‘Why does the savior remember us only when he fails to get along with the authorities?’”
“Golos Armenii” analyzes the political longevity of Prime Minister Andranik Markarian. Nobody expected him to stay in office more than three years when he was appointed prime minister in May 2000. The paper attributes it to Markarian’s personal traits. “Andranik Markarian is periodically underestimated and he only appears to be slow-moving and kind,” it writes.
The newly appointed minister of culture, Tamara Poghosian, reveals a striking flamboyance in the second part of her interview with “Hayots Ashkhar.” “I am powerful with my analytical thinking,” she says. “I have worked like a perpetual engine. I have been the first in any capacity.” Poghosian says she is a personality her Orinats Yerkir party is proud of. “I am a professional,” she says, adding that she was “mature” enough to take up the post of culture minister. Asked about her first steps, Poghosian replies: “I have already analyzed all of the congratulatory messages which I have and received and already have programs related to them. This is a list which I consider a top priority…This is my first area of work.”
According to “Ayb-Fe,” the first thing another newly appointed Orinats Yerkir minister, Sergo Yeritsian, did was to buy a new $5,000 furniture for his office.