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“Hayots Ashkhar” looks at the continuing bickering inside the governing coalition and advises readers not to even try to understand reasons for it. The paper also ridicules calls for the creation of a special government body charged with combating corruption. Armenian opposition leaders, notably Artashes Geghamian, are not spared criticism either. The paper calls Geghamian a “liar” for his earlier prediction that Armenians “will meet the spring without Robert Kocharian and Serzh Sarkisian.”

“In one week or ten days from now the Artarutyun alliance will make public concrete dates for launching the process of regime change,” one of its leaders, Albert Bazeyan, assures “Haykakan Zhamanak.”

“Aravot” reports that the opposition bloc’s board decided on Saturday to “step up meetings with the people.” Its leaders also play down the significance of their tactical differences, saying that they are unanimous in their “assessments of the situation” and actions that need to be taken soon. “It remains to be seen whether the people or their active revolutionary segment is ready for concrete steps. That is, is public mood ripe for regime change?” The parties making up Artarutyun give differing answers to this question. Some of them think that the people would support “drastic steps” by the opposition, but others would like to wait.

“Azg” reports that former President Levon Ter-Petrosian holds increasingly frequent meetings with opposition leader Aram Sarkisian. “Those contacts are encouraged by British-Armenian tycoon Vache Manoukian,” the paper claims. But it says Manoukian and Ter-Petrosian “do not bet on Aram Sarkisian” in their quest for a change of president in Armenia. Sarkisian is seen by them as “a mere attack soldier.” Nor do they want to see Stepan Demirchian becoming Armenia’s next president due to his “indecision and the lack of political experience.”

“Aravot” says political commentators have a good reason to look for ulterior motives in the ongoing visits by government ministers to various parts of Armenia. After all, this is the first time that the ministers are jointly getting first-hand information about the state of affairs in the country. “The ministers have to visit the regions with their coalition partners. That means the Dashnaks can not lay the blame on the Republicans, while the latter can not even hint to local residents that Orinats Yerkir is to blame for everything. It is obvious that such visits are not organized at their own initiative. Someone wanted very much to subject them to such adversity.”

(Vache Sarkisian)
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