Summing up the results of the recent local elections, “Aravot” writes: “No sensation was registered – the reelected or newly elected community leaders represent the criminal-administrative system that rules in our republic.” In the paper’s definition, the reelected or newly elected community leaders, as a rule, “are rich, uneducated people lusting for power.” Most of them have “close ties with the military top brass, law-enforcement bodies, the tax inspection, power grid companies and the like, and on the other hand with oligarchs and criminal elements.” “Even if we assume that the ballots passed peacefully and no violation or irregularity was observed anywhere, which, of course, is far from being true, then all the same it is senseless to speak about free and fair elections,” the paper concludes.
“Hayots Ashkharh” also reflects on the recent local elections, writing: “Tendencies towards the triumph of moneyed people and even criminals, the lowered role of parties, the absence of the opposition, the decreased role of pro-government forces and strengthening of the role of individuals in politics are obvious.”
In the paper’s estimation, the local elections turned into “a lucrative business” rather than a struggle among political forces.
“When you look retrospectively at the history of the creation of the Constitution, you constantly meet the same names that 10 years ago opposed the adoption of the Constitution and today are opposing its reform. Most of the opposition parties contradict themselves with their current stance, involuntarily supporting the 1995 draft that they categorically rejected at that time,” “Hayastani Hanrapetutyun” writes, presenting the opinion of Chairman of the Armenian Sociological Association Gevorg Poghosian.
In an article entitled “Chief Civil Servant’s Business” “Aravot” emphasizes: “The real owner of the entertainment places being built near the House of Chamber Music that have caused an uproar of protests and complains of the intelligentsia is Samvel Badalian, the Chairman of the Civil Service Council.”
Quoting Republican Party member Armen Ashotian as saying in Parliament that he would apply to Parliament Speaker Artur Baghdasarian “for a place to be allocated for prayers in the Parliament building, and possibly a small chapel in the National Assembly’s premises, “Haykakan Zhamanak” expresses its bewilderment: “Despite the fact that the deputy’s proposal is very serious, it only remains to imagine a scene in which the parliamentary majority, after executing the order to push the buttons, line up in a queue to light candles in the chapel to redeem their sins.”