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Press Review


(Saturday, November 6)

In an interview with "Aravot" daily, Karlos Petrosian, the director of Armenia's National Security Service, who was dismissed by President Robert Kocharian on Friday, refused to comment on the reasons behind his removal. "But recently the media wrote about disagreements between Petrosian and Defense Minister Serzh Sargsian", writes "Aravot". "Anyway, removal of Petrosian is beneficial first of all to Serzh Sargsian. It gives him the opportunity to almost fully control the law enforcement block".

One of the administrators of Armenia's regions (Marz) confessed to "Haykakan Zhamanak" that he lived "from "Haylur" to "Haylur". He meant that anytime he could learn about his dismissal from "Haylur" (news program of Armenia's state TV), "Haykakan Zhamanak" explains. The paper concludes, that it is the case with every other senior official in Armenia. The reason is that Armenia lacks unified standards for appointing or dismissing senior officials. The only logic that works in Armenia is not the internationally accepted norms, but rather the will of the President, the paper writes.

The editor-in chief of "Aravot" daily suggests that Armenian heavily depend on the administration of the President. "They have to obey to any order that comes from the President's administration. But the president... opposes to the logic of market forces. For example, does Barsegh Beglarian need "Nairit"? Of course not. "No matter how patriotic or philanthropic he is, the factory can't function in vacuum... Or does any oligarch need a TV? Never!"

"Azg" describes the sudden selection of the Lebanese-owned K-Telecom firms as the Armenia's second mobile phone operator as "The gift of ArmenTel to Armenian authorities". "Their minimum profit will stand $1,5 million a month. There is no doubt that such a luxurious business cannot go to unknown people or companies".


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