“Iravunk” writes that the political life in Armenia is now in a “vacation standstill” but may well erupt into a “storm” this fall. And it is not just the opposition figures who are sowing the seeds of unrest. Members of the ruling establishment are also contributing to renewed political tensions. “There are major forces inside the regime who are not happy at all with the existing situation,” the paper says. “They either understand that it is no longer possible to continue like this, or are gearing for a serious redistribution of the spheres of influence, which will shake the entire government pyramid and political field.”
Opposition leader Artashes Geghamian continues to face scrutiny from the “Hayots Ashkhar” daily. The paper ridicules Geghamian’s weekend televised interviews in which he renewed his attacks on the authorities and some opposition politicians. “Everyone is perfectly aware that in reality nobody has ever intimidated him for the simple reason that no one needs this narcissistic shallow man,” it says. Geghamian is extremely hostile to Armenia’s president and defense minister because “the savior has not been given a decent post, and for a good reason.” “Entrusting him with any serious post is the same as putting a goat in charge of a greenhouse,” “Hayots Ashkhar” attacks ferociously. “They didn’t give him a job even after he promised to serve [them] like a dog. “
The newspaper “Hayastani Komunist” carries upbeat reports about meetings held by Armenian Communist Party (HKK) activists across the country. “Everywhere, the Communists were expressing the determination and readiness to raise the HKK’s standing and reputation, assuring that one should not get depressed after those disgraceful elections,” the paper says, referring to the Communists’ failure to win any parliament seats.
A “hot political autumn” seems inevitable to “Golos Armenii” as well. The paper points to the continuing standoff between the authorities and the opposition as well as apparent differences inside the governing coalition. “Nonetheless, there will be no great upheavals because the domestic situation in Azerbaijan will keep Armenia’s political landscape safe,” it says. “Golos Armenii” has no doubts that Ilham Aliev will soon succeed his father Heydar as president of Azerbaijan and toughen Baku’s position on the Karabakh conflict. The younger Aliev, it claims, may even resort to military action.
Asked by “Iravunk” whether there were any political motives behind the recent bomb attack on the head of Yerevan’s Erebuni district, Prosecutor-General Aram Tamazian replies vaguely: “It is still too early to say anything.” Tamazian says the prosecutors are instead close to solving the equally high-profile shooting of two individuals in the city’s Nubarashen suburb. But he has little to say about the criminal investigation into the killing of Yerevan State University professor Karen Mkrtchian. Tamazian assures the paper that his agency will not hesitate to prosecute any parliament deputy or wealthy businessman if it gets evidence of their involvement in the crimes.