“The Armenians were again wrong. They hoped [John] Kerry will win, but victory is [George] Bush’s,” “Aravot” comments on the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. “In any case, we are neither France, nor Germany or Great Britain to have our preferences on the election of the leader of the world’s most powerful country. Especially given that it doesn’t mater at all to Armenia who will be America’s next president.” The paper is convinced that Kerry, if elected, would not recognize the Armenian genocide. It also advisers Armenians to “first learn to elect a president and parliament for ourselves and then figure out whom we would like to see as president of the United States of America.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” considerers Bush’s reelection “extremely impressive.” “In effect, the American voters approved President Bush’s foreign policy and Iraq war in particular,” writes the paper. It says Bush succeeded in making most Americans believe that his administration has thwarted more terrorist attacks on U.S. territory.
“Azg” quotes an Armenian-American activist, Yervand Azatian, as saying that Bush’s reelection should be cause for alarm for Armenia. He believes that the current U.S. administration’s policy toward the South Caucasus has never been beneficial for Armenia. “Armenia will become politically more isolated as a result,” he says. “Armenia carries less weight in the overall U.S. policy on the Caucasus.”
Reporting on a Wednesday news conference of Dashnaktsutyun leaders, “Haykakan Zhamanak” says the party remains dissatisfied with his its position in government and at the same time unwilling to quit the coalition. The paper says President Robert Kocharian keeps assuring the Dashnaks that government officials included on their “black list” will soon be sacked. “As it turned out at yesterday’s news conference, Dashnaktsutyun will reluctantly continue to be in the coalition and carry the heavy and thankless burden of government. And two years later Dashnaktsutyun will declare that it has fought hard to keep this government on the national course but that its powers were insufficient. [It will say that] Dashnaktsutyun is therefore leaving the coalition and joining the people.”
Opposition leader Vazgen Manukian tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that Armenia’s main opposition forces may still rally around a “concrete scenario of common actions.” “Everybody is ready for that, but we are not in a situation where everybody is suggesting their own scenarios,” he says. “It’s not that there are no programs. There are just many of them.”