“Hayastani Hanrapetutyun” gives an extensive coverage of President Robert Kocharian’s meeting on Thursday with Yerevan State University students. The government-controlled paper calls it “very important.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak,” meanwhile, points out that Kocharian did not explicitly rule out the possibility of seeking a third term in office. “What is more, he displayed a certain aggressiveness when answering that question,” says the paper.
“Iravunk” suggests that Kocharian is “not quite happy” with the pre-referendum “yes” campaign conducted by his political allies. This, explains the paper, was his first personal involvement in the campaign. “The referendum on constitutional changes has become a real scourge for our authorities,” it claims. “Virtually all governing and pro-government forces enthusiastically signed a statement in favor of a ‘yes’ vote, but in reality none of them is taking real steps towards informing the public.”
“Yerkir” says the actors in the Armenian political stage can now divided into two categories: supporters and opponents of the constitutional reform.
“Azg” predicts that the “one-side propaganda” in favor of the reform which is being increasingly aired by Armenian television stations will backfire. “If people symbolizing the authorities insist on something a lot, then they must be trying to foist a very bad thing upon us,” the paper says. “This is what the average TV viewer thinks.”
“The authorities are simply spoiling an overall good document by buzzing the same thing to TV viewers’ ears day and night and by muzzling the oppositionists,” editorializes “Aravot.” “The regime is imposing a European constitution on the people with absolutely non-European methods.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” sees renewed wrangling among Armenian opposition leaders, saying they are accusing each other of being “false oppositionists.” “The opposition camp is not forming an alternative to policies pursued by the current authorities.” Hence, the mutual recriminations of its leaders, says the paper. “They are all bogus,” it concludes.
According to “Ayb-Fe,” the referendum campaign was a “wonderful chance to join forces” but the Armenian opposition parties blew it. Conversely, there has been a “fairly serious consolidation” of the ruling regime. “They are agitating for a ‘yes’ vote by all possible means,” the paper notes alarmingly.