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“Hayots Ashkhar” urges the Armenian authorities to stop the opposition gathering a “critical mass” of protesters against the official referendum results. “If such a crowd gathers and is not stopped on time, it will certainly switch to overt violence,” warns the pro-presidential paper.

“While the opposition submitted a 72-hour ultimatum to the Central Election Commission, the people gave the same 72 hours to the opposition,” writes “Haykakan Zhamanak.” The paper says the opposition will sign its own political death verdict if it “again sends the people back home on Friday.”

“The protesting masses are still not becoming critical,” says “Hayastani Hanrapetutyun.”
“They have long given up on the opposition and every person tries to get by on their own. But the opposition is stubbornly refusing to admit its defeat like a person not believing in his fiasco. And that creates additional tension in the ranks of both the opposition and the people.” The paper says the opposition is well aware that the CEC will not meet its demands and is simply playing for time in the hope of drumming up greater popular support.

“The opposition as such does not exist in our reality,” presidential adviser Garnik Isagulian tells “Hayots Ashkhar.” Isagulian says every Armenian can gather at least 500 persons “in case of emergency” through their personal and family connections. But the two dozen opposition parties protesting against referendum results have failed to rally even three thousand persons, he says.

According to “Azg,” the referendum has demonstrated that Armenians are now “super-indifferent” to any election held in their country. “They will not heed anyone’s calls anymore,” says the paper.

“What happened on November looked like a swear word addressed to all citizens of Armenia live on TV,” comments “Haykakan Zhamanak.” “It looked like an act of depriving the country and the state of a sense of dignity.”

“Aravot” sarcastically welcomes the end of a “development referendum that ensures the prosperous and European future of our children.” “I don’t know how you feel, but I can already see what a big step towards Europe our country has taken,” its editor-in-chief Aram Abrahamian tells readers. “And do you feel how the branches of government have been separated from each other since November 27? The prosecutor-general will be so separated from the president that he will not engage in political propaganda.” Nor will the Central Election Commission come up with far-fetched election results anymore, Abrahamian says tartly. “The separated courts will no longer be appendages to law-enforcement bodies. They will judge not with bribes or orders from above, but only by law.”

“Hayots Ashkhar” draws parallels between opposition demonstrations in Armenia and Azerbaijan. “In both countries there are the same revolutionary calls made in an atmosphere which is not revolutionary at all.” The paper claims that opposition forces in both countries are carrying out external orders to weaken the ruling regimes ahead of the next round of Karabakh peace talks.

(Hrach Melkumian)
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