“Time works for the opposition now,” a senior member of the radical Hanrapetutyun party, Smbat Ayvazian, tells “Aravot.” “The authorities will try in the next one or one-and-a-half months to carry out regime change and pre-term elections. This is the only realistic way for the regime to reproduce itself.” In that case, he says, Armenia’s leading opposition forces will lack time to unite and organize a “resistance movement” against Robert Kocharian and Serzh Sarkisian.
“There is a resistance movement in the country because at least 90 percent of its population does not accept and hates these authorities,” claims Ayvazian. “All we have to do is to give that movement an organizational form and be prepared for possible regime change.”
“Zhamanak Yerevan” quotes a senior government official as saying that Prime Minister Andranik Markarian remains the number one figure in the governing Republican Party even after it was joined by Defense Minister Serzh Sarkisian. Artashes Ziroyan, head of the Department on the Management of Natural Resources at the Armenian Ministry of Environment, says Sarkisian and his cronies “need a lot of time” to match Markarian’s standing in the HHK. He says the party will continue to dominate Armenian politics for at least 100 more years.
Ziroyan also reveals that all of his 10 or so employees are affiliated with the HHK. Asked how they ended up in the party, he explains: “They don’t have to necessarily espouse that party’s ideology. They just see that Ziroyan is a good person and therefore [think that] they have to join that party.” The same logic, continues the botanist by training, applies to Markarian who he says is respected by at least 60 percent of the electorate. “He is a really good guy,” concludes the official.
“There is hardly an official in Armenia who would not say that our future lies in information technology,” writes “Iravunk.” “But we are surprised to discover that our country’s entire Internet connection hinges on a single cable running through Georgia and the [Black Sea] seabed. And because that cable was damaged on August 4, it took Armenia as many as six hours to temporarily restore both Internet and external phone connection via a satellite.”