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“Haykakan Zhamanak” carries a scathing commentary on the weekend election in Yerevan’s Avan district that was won by Prime Minister Andranik Markarian’s son Taron. The paper says what happened in Avan was not an election but an Armenian “round dance of unity around Markarian and his son.”

“It can be assumed that what caused 96 percent of the local voters to vote for the prime minister’s son was the fact that the candidate is the son of his father, namely the prime minister,” writes “Aravot.” “And the father will most probably try to make sure that things are better in the community run by his son than other communities … But there are also many risks [for the Markarians] as any prime minister can be sacked at any moment.”

“Kocharian is proud of having an organized state,” opposition leader Victor Dallakian is quoted by “Iravunk” as telling a seminar in Yerevan on Monday. “But one needs to know that it is gangs that are normally organized, while a state must be democratic.”

“It is impossible to realize any scenario of replacing Robert Kocharian with Serzh Sarkisian,” another prominent oppositionist, Vazgen Manukian, tells “Iravunk.”

“Azg” reports that the European Union’s special representative to the South Caucasus, Heikki Talvitie, believes that Azerbaijan will see an “evolution” rather than a revolution as is predicted by some commentators. Talvitie tells the paper that democratic change in Azerbaijan will reflect positively on efforts to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

“Iravunk” claims that official Yerevan is finding itself in an “almost complete isolation” in the Karabakh peace process. The paper says this could lead to “sharp escalations of the international political situation” in Armenia.

Interviewed by “Hayots Ashkhar,” Deputy Defense Minister Artur Aghabekian brushes aside complaints Armenian conscientious objectors to military service that are currently on an alternative civilian service. “The service is not a right, it is a duty,” he says. “And that is enshrined in the constitution.”

“Golos Armenii” says the upcoming mass circle dance around Armenia’s Mount Aragats will put to the test Prosecutor-General Aghvan Hovsepian’s political clout and potential. “Not everyone is capable of organizing such an action and rally so many supporters,” explains the paper. It says Hovsepian’s Nig-Aparan organization is thereby staking a claim to a serious role in political processes in Armenia.

(Hrach Melkumian)
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