According to “Azg,” it is “very unfortunate” that the man who allegedly threw a hand grenade toward President Bush during his visit to Tbilisi is an ethnic Armenian. “Given the anti-Armenia atmosphere existing in Georgia this case will be a good pretext for Georgian nationalist leaders to put more pressure on Georgia’s Armenians,” says the paper.
“We are only left to report this fact with pain and wait for political consequences of what happened,” “Aravot” writes on the same subject. “The very fact that the suspect is an ethnic Armenian can not fail to cause us unpleasant political consequences.”
Opposition politician Albert Bazeyan reveals to “Haykakan Zhamanak” that he has “ideological differences” with fellow leaders of the Hanrapetutyun party. “I don’t share political responsibility for the Hanrapetutyun party’s actions because I believe that those actions are leading the party to complete self-isolation. Such a political stance means not caring about the views of the Council of Europe and other international structures.” Bazeyan is also highly skeptical about the Hanrapetutyun leadership’s threats to effect a “revolution” in Armenia. Asked whether he plans to leave the party which he once headed, Bazeyan replies, “That is very unlikely, but I don’t rule out anything.”
“The opposition is united not against Robert Kocharian but against Aram Sarkisian,” declares a disappointed “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun.”
“Political stability in Armenia has reached its climax,” writes the “Taregir” online publication. “There isn’t a single eminent oppositionist that can cause a wind in this unbearable heat.”
Writing in “Iravunk,” pro-opposition economist Eduard Aghajanov analyzes why “Armenia is poor but has quite wealthy government officials.” “A critical mass of people who believe that this government is not theirs is being formed in the society,” he says. “Such an atmosphere may definitely lead to a ‘color’ revolution.”
“We have never said that we will wait for 2007 and 2008 [to make another bid for power],” Artarutyun leader Stepan Demirchian tells “Ayb-Fe.” “We have never said that we are preparing for the next regular elections.” Demirchian also repeats that he sees no reason for the Hanrapetutyun party to quit his alliance. “But if a party finds its presence in the alliance not expedient, it’s their business. But I think that it is those who leave the alliance that would suffer losses in the first instance.”
The Dashnaktsutyun weekly “Yerkir” launches a blistering attack on Science and Education Minister Sergo Yeritsian. The paper says Yeritsian’s press service has again deliberately failed to inform journalists from “Yerkir” and other publications critical of his work about his latest news conference.