"A verdict that satisfied no one," "Hayots Askharh" writes, commenting on the conclusion of the trial of the men accused of Tigran Naghdalian's murder.
Opposition Hanraputiun party leader Aram Sarkisian told "Aravot" that many people in his circle, including government representatives, say that they do not believe that his brother Armen Sarkisian is guilty of killing Naghdalian. "They don't conceal that politics was involved in the trial," Aram Sarkisian said. According to Sarkisian, investigators involved in the case similarly told him that they proceeded strictly in accordance with government instructions. "Only a change of regime would make it possible to find out the real circumstances of Tigran Naghdalian's murder. After I enter the Parliament, the process of changing the regime will start. When you see me in the Parliament, then believe me that the next day you will see thousands of people in the streets," Sarkisian told "Aravot."
According to "Hayots Askharh," all the political parties represented in parliament do more harm than good by their "stupid activities." Commenting on the possibility that during the ongoing process of reregistration, the overall number of political parties may be reduced, the paper predicts that the situation will continue to deteriorate and that there is no point in expecting anything good from political parties.
Today's papers also comment on a possible hike in bread prices. The price of flour is going up steadily but not gradually, "Haikakan Zhamanak" writes. Wheat exporters predict that prices will rise in the near future, as a result of which the prices of all grain products will skyrocket.
"Hayots Askharh" believes that Armenia's oligarchs are to blame for the increase in prices of all bakery products, because they fix the prices to obtain extra profits. The paper criticizes the State Committee on Anti-Monopoly practices. The prices of flour has doubled this year. An increase of 20-30 drams in the price of bread doesn't show the real picture. The problem is that one baton of bread weighs much less now than it did last year, the paper says.
It is always possible to find a good excuse, but that doesn't help to solve people's problems, "Aravot" comments. A good example is the contamination of drinking water in the Arabkir and Kentron districts of Yerevan. The ministry of health blames the water distribution agency, which in turn has listed the factors that led to the contamination of drinking water supplies. But for the population, who don't have enough money to buy even basic goods, such mutual accuations are irrelevant. After next year's planned 100 percent increase in water tariffs, the junior coalition partners Dashnaktsutiun and Orinats Yerkir will curse State Water Committee head Gagik Martirosian. Should we now say how good Dashnaktsutiun and Orinats Yerkir are, and how bad Gagik Martirosian is, and the other government officials who support him? Even if we accept their arguments, it will not help, because tariffs for water will go up anyway, "Aravot" concludes.