“168 Zham” writes that recently former chief of presidential staff Artashes Tumanian applied to the U.S. Embassy to leave for the United States.
Comparing the comments about the new gas price made by Prime Minister Andranik Markarian and Defense Minister Serzh Sarkisian, “Haykakan Zhamanak” concludes: “It is obvious that the defense minister is more competent and aware of the situation than the premier.”
A “168 Zham” analyst emphasizes that demanding that Russia sell gas to Armenia at a lower price for political reasons means rejecting one’s own political interests and once and for all putting up with the status of Russia’s outpost. “Any political force in Armenia that demands a special attitude from Russia today puts Armenia’s independence up for sale,” the paper writes. To alleviate the consequences of the hike in gas prices, the analyst suggests “fighting wastes, corruption and super-profits in this sector.”
Describing MP Manuk Gasparian’s sending a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin [regarding the price of Russian gas sold to Armenia] as another displace of political populism, “Hayots Ashkhar” notes: “Having written a letter to the Russian tsar, Manuk Gasparian may later claim that it was him who had managed to convince the Russian president not to raise the price of Russian gas supplied to Armenia.”
In answers to the questions of “Golos Armenii” readers, Public Services Regulatory Commission Chairman Robert Nazarian notes: “We are ordinary consumers in the first place, and the increase in gas and water tariffs also hits our pockets. We are doing everything possible to defend the consumers’ rights as far as possible.”
Commenting on proposed amendments to about a hundred articles in the country’s Electoral Code, “Aravot” notes: “Many of these amendments are obviously necessitated by Armenian realities. For example it is perhaps the answer to President Robert Kocharian’s open ballot [in last November’s constitutional referendum] that now the following amendment has been proposed: secret ballot is not only the right but also obligation for the voter.”
“Europe is a pocket for us from which can take without giving anything,” “168 Zham” formulates. And according to “Hayots Ashkhar”, a real Armenian can fully display himself only in exotic countries, like Kenya.