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“Aravot” runs a scathing editorial about the increasingly serious problem of absenteeism in the Armenian parliament. The paper says the Armenian parliamentarian’s previous work schedule was so grueling that they decided to meet only once in three weeks. “And if we add to that the fact they had to press buttons from time to time, it becomes all the more clear that the people’s representatives were becoming really exhausted. You could tell that from their appearance. But it is now obvious that they made the decision to hold sittings once in three weeks hastily, driven by patriotic motives and overestimating their mental and physical capabilities. They are even unable to sit [in the parliament hall] for an hour, let alone for four hours once in three weeks.”

Therefore, “Aravot” continues, the National Assembly should convene once a month and for a single day. They would still have enough time to rubber-stamp all bills sent by the government and the presidential administration. “One would not have to waste time on debating them because orders issued from the presidential office are not supposed to be discussed.”

“Everyone in the parliament is indeed awaiting some changes,” reports “Haykakan Zhamanak.” “Many find it difficult to explain what concrete changes they expect.” The paper claims that “even the most pro-government deputies admit that we can’t carry on like this.”

“Golos Armenii” says that former President Levon Ter-Petrosian’s resignation exactly seven years ago has not lived up to the people’s expectations because “thieves and plunderers who didn’t care under whose flag they loot the country stayed on.” “The new government is responsible for not only keeping them but also increasing the number of such stooges.”

“168 Zham” reports that President Robert Kocharian is seriously worried about an apparent upsurge in crime in Armenia. Citing unspecified sources close to the president, the paper says a confidential report submitted to Kocharian recently alleges that some “elite groups” are intent on convincing Armenians that “the country’s leadership is paralyzed and no longer able to control the situation.” It says Kocharian is now alarmed by the possibility of regime change in Armenia.

“The internal political situation seems to be again escalating and fire extinguishers are needed,” writes the “Hayots Ashkhar.” The pro-Kocharian daily blames the renewed political tensions on Armenia’s “false opposition.” It at the same time notes that the latter “does not cause the government to worry.” “It is easy to work with it. Besides, false politicians are, as a rule, thieving and discredited.”

(Vache Sarkisian)
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