“The upcoming political autumn will be rich in political hunting and political poaching,” “Iravunk” comments figuratively. “And although the next elections will be for in four years’ time, the entire political elite is already preparing for those elections. Especially inside the ruling coalition, a race of popular initiatives has gotten underway.” In a separate development, the paper says, law-enforcement authorities are going after and trying to “shake down” some business “oligarchs.”
“Yerkir” looks at the longevity of that coalition, implying that its possible collapse would not be a national disaster. “A coalition or another government is not a supreme national value that needs to be cherished and maintained at any cost,” the Dashnaktsutyun weekly says. “Any government is just a working tool for addressing issues facing the nation and the state.”
“Aravot” scoffs at the coalition parties’ decision to form a special “working group” that will look into ways of tackling government corruption. “Why do you think the authorities are unable to finally put an end to corruption, even though they keep thinking about both in their sleep and in reality?” the paper asks readers sarcastically. “The reason for that, it turns out, is that they don’t know what the corruption thing is. How can they know that when it is ordinary human beings that come across corruption.”
Interviewed by “Haykakan Zhamanak,” the owner of an Armenian fuel trading company, Barsegh Beglarian, denies rumors that it has secured a de facto monopoly on imports of sugar and grain to Armenia hitherto enjoyed by embattled tycoon Samvel Aleksanian. Beglarian links the rumors to that fact he is a native of Nagorno-Karabakh. He says he does not see any redistribution of property in favor of Armenia’s so-called “Karabakh clan.” “Speculations about the Karabakh clan only cause me to laugh. Such statements are merely the result of provincial mentality,” he concludes.
Aleksanian, meanwhile, is accused by former parliament deputy Ruben Gevorgian of organizing the recent ambush attack near Yerevan which left Gevorgian’s nephew and two other men dead. Gevorgian tells “Aravot” that he hopes the police will “very soon” prove this and punish the guilty.