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“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that “Azerbaijan’s Karabakh Liberation Organization spread a statement demanding that the Azerbaijani authorities start military operations to win back the Azeri territories.” The paper adds that “judging from the text of the statement it was timed to the 15th anniversary of Nagorno-Karabakh’s independence which is expected to be celebrated with great solemnity.”

Ruling out the possibility of resumed hostilities, political analyst Levon Melik-Shahnazarian says in a “Hayots Ashkhar” interview: “”Azerbaijan will not dare to resort to this step in the next few years. The burden of explaining this to the public is currently put on the shoulders of Azerbaijan’s leadership, which is not so easy, because the thesis of recovering Karabakh militarily has been so often speculated on during these years that now they themselves do not know how to find a way out of it with dignity.”

“Golos Armenii” outlines the upcoming political developments: “The main peculiarity of the current pre-election process is the total absence of confidence among voters. They don’t believe that any politician will even for a moment forget his personal interests to think about the people.”

“168 Zham” argues that a 100 percent proportional system of representation in parliament considerably simplifies electoral fraud. “In that case the administrative and criminal resource does not have to work on two fronts at a time simultaneously rigging proportional and majoritarian elections at the same polling station,” the newspaper concludes.

“Aravot” covers the debate over a new national anthem and advocates the position that pure musical tastes are not enough for a song to be selected. “Selecting an anthem is not a song festival, but a political action. No matter how great Aram Khachatrian’s music is it still symbolizes a past era and a rejected ideology. Therefore, one should not display a pure musical approach in this matter,” the daily emphasizes.

(Atom Markarian)
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