“All in all, the creation of political parties by officials and entrepreneurs is not a logical phenomenon,” writes “Aravot.” “It would be far more natural if an official came to power through a party instead of doing that by means of various intrigues.” By the same token, says the paper, business people should support and sponsor parties instead of leading them. “But as is widely known, Armenian entrepreneurs give money to governing parties and the government’s presidential candidates not because they like those politicians and candidates but because their businesses are dependent on supreme authorities.”
Interviewed by “Hayots Ashkhar,” deputy parliament speaker Tigran Torosian complains about what he sees as an abundance of political parties in Armenia. “We must strive to make sure that Armenia has an established political system of up to a dozen parties that will be responsible for the development of that system,” he says.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” quotes a senior member of the governing Republican Party (HHK) as saying that it will boost its already strong presence in the Armenian parliament if Defense Minister Serzh Sarkisian decides to context next year’s parliamentary election on the HHK ticket. In a separate report, the paper cites anonymous sources as saying that Justice Minister David Harutiunian too has decided to team up with one of the existing parties.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” also reports on the decision by six pro-government lawmakers to withdraw their signatures from an opposition appeal to the Constitutional Court against the ongoing construction in central Yerevan. “We have once again witnessed how the executive branch pulls the ears of National Assembly deputies,” comments the paper.
“Aravot” suspects the Constitutional Court of illegally leaking to the government the names of the deputies who signed the appeal immediately after receiving it. The paper says the government thus had plenty of time to exert pressure on its loyalists enlisted by the opposition.