“The regime went for broke,” writes “Iravunk,” rejecting as fraudulent the official referendum results. The paper recalls Soviet times when the authorities posted high turnout figures despite the fact that very few people bothered to vote in their elections that never came close to being democratic.
“Hayastani Hanrapetutyun” says Aram Sarkisian has taken the center stage in the Armenian opposition’s standoff with the authorities. The paper notes alarmingly that other opposition leaders are embracing his “revolutionary” approach.
“Hayots Ashkhar” ridicules opposition leaders’ calls for a “critical mass” of their supporters to take to the streets of Yerevan. The paper reports that there was a glaring lack of that critical mass during Monday’s opposition rally.
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” expects that a certain number of people will attend the opposition rally on Tuesday in search of a leader who would have “the courage to resort to resolute steps.” “Otherwise, it is evident that the [post-election] disgrace of 2003 will be repeated and the people will now boycott not only the authorities but the current opposition,” writes the paper.
“Hayastani Hanrapetutyun” believes that the opposition stands no chance of overthrowing the ruling regime. All the opposition leaders can do with their rallies, it says, is to score a “goal of prestige.” “But their defeat has already been formalized,” it concludes.
“Every people deserve not only their government but also the opposition,” editorializes “Aravot.” “The opposition’s wrong stance and lack of authority, coupled with a deep popular lethargy, paved the way for the unlimited and absolute impudence of our rulers. They can look you in the eyes and ask with a cynical grin, ‘Who said that there was fraud?’”
“Interestingly, nobody has for far stated that a free, fair and transparent vote took place in Armenia on November 29,” observes “Haykakan Zhamanak.” The paper says the authorities claim to have received overwhelming popular support and no complains from any polling station. “So what is the problem? Why isn’t the ‘Yes’ camp uttering that magic sentence?” In a separate comment, the paper makes the point that after the referendum “the political struggle between the opposition and the government can not be constitutional anymore.”
“168 Zham” says the referendum marked the most fraudulent vote in Armenia’s history. The scale of vote irregularities and impunity of government officials were “unprecedented,” says the paper.