“Aravot” attacks the distribution of more government posts among the three coalition parties, saying jokingly that they might soon divide courts of justice among themselves and shoulder collective responsibility for their “illegal verdicts.” By the same token, the paper says, control over various public utilities should be distributed on the partisan basis too.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” says serious differences continue to simmer inside the coalition. The Dashnaktsutyun party, for example, is trying to get as much power as possible with small steps to the dismay of the Republican Party. The latter now wants to “prevent the country’s dashnakization.” Dashnaktsutyun leader Vahan Hovannisian tells the paper that the current Armenian government should be different from the previous one because it is tasked with implementing programs of the three coalition parties. “What we want is simply to have a real participation [in the executive] in return for our responsibility,” he says. Hovannisian admits that Dashnaktsutyun would not mind “exercising control over the situation in the entire country.” Only those who “have something to hide” should be afraid of that, he says.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” rounds on Orinats Yerkir for accusing the Armenian media of running a smear campaign against the governing party led by parliament speaker Artur Baghdasarian. The paper says Orinats Yerkir should blame the negative press coverage on its own “unlimited populism.” Instead, the party is now trying to “postpone its inevitable decline.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” agrees with this analysis, presenting Orinats Yerkir as a deeply flawed structure. The paper is also critical of most other Armenian parties which it likens to “bubbles” that burst too often at the behest of the government.
In a separate comment, “Hayots Ashkhar” hails the creation of the World Armenian Organization. The paper which derided its leader Ara Abrahamian as recently as last month now says that “there is a real need in such an organization.” It says the Armenian Diaspora needs to form a united front to articulate its grievances against Turkey. Also, the government of Armenia can use that structure in its dealings with Turkey.
“Azg” discusses “organizational shortcomings” hampering closer economic ties between Armenia and the Diaspora. “There will be greater results if the Diaspora Armenian entrepreneurs are convinced that the words and the actions of the Armenian authorities’ match,” the paper says.