“Ayb-Fe” derides opposition claims that the political situation in Armenia will change dramatically after the resumption of anti-government demonstrations on Friday. “After the first rally Robert Kocharian and Serzh Sarkisian will presumably flee Armenia in panic,” the paper says mockingly. “After the second rally the coalition government and the parliament majority will follow suit, and the opposition will achieve regime change. If they also manage to organize a couple of sit-in demonstrations in the process, Armenia will become the world’s most developed country.”
Political expert Suren Zolian tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that if the opposition protests follow the pattern seen during the presidential race they will again lead nowhere. “Having no new ideas, they will not achieve their expected escalation,” Zolian says.
“Hayastani Hanrapetutyun” says the opposition is prepared to do anything to oust the current regime and may incite its followers into unconstitutional actions. The government-controlled paper denounces the opposition tactics of political struggle.
According to “Iravunk,” more exciting developments are taking place in the government camp. The paper says the continuing three-party bargaining over the deputy ministerial posts “somewhat destabilizes the work of the administrative machine” as many of the incumbent deputy ministers now live in fear of dismissal.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” says that for all their assurances, the three governing parties do not have a pool of competent candidates to fill senior government positions.
“Yerkir” calls for the toughening of state rules regulating activities of political parties. The paper says many Armenian parties are in fact tiny groups of individuals with no clear-cut organizational structure. It welcomes in this regard the entry into force of a new law on parties. The abundance of such groups is too heavy a burden on the society. The post-election period is the right time to curb them, “Yerkir” concludes.
“Aravot” says the outcome of the protracted trial in the October 1999 parliament massacre is a forgone conclusion. The paper says it is already evident Nairi Hunanian will be sentenced to life imprisonment, while most of his henchmen will get off with shorter jail sentences. It is also obvious that investigators are not really looking for possible masterminds of the crime. The paper says the trial has degenerated into a “farce” which hardly attracts any interest from the public. “It is time to finish it. After all, it is obvious that what has not been clarified until now will never be cleared up.”