“Everyone, from the most thick-necked oligarch to the most hungry tramp, is unhappy with the existing situation,” writes “Aravot.” “No matter how much opposition politicians contend that they know what and how to do, very few people believe them. There are substantiated suspicions that they would do what the current rulers do. This standstill can be overcome only with spiritual, moral and intellectuals aims.”
“There are many crises in various areas in Armenia,” opposition leader Vazgen Manukian tells “Haykakan Zhamanak.” “Probably the biggest crisis is that the mechanism of elections does not work in Armenia. That is, power does not belong to the people.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” notes that another, less known newspaper is attacking the Republican Party (HHK) and praising Gagik Tsarukian’s Prosperous Armenia of late. The paper claims that the “PR campaign” was ordered not by Tsarukian, but the Orinats Yerkir Party of former parliament speaker Artur Baghdasarian. “The calculation is more than simple. To create tensions, a confrontation between the HHK and Prosperous Armenia.” The paper says Tsarukian’s party is furious with the campaign and will make a “special statement” soon.
“Zhamanak Yerevan” reveals with what it says are new circumstances that surrounded the HHK’s decision not to endorse one of its senior members, Arman Sahakian, in the upcoming local election in Yerevan’s Ajapnyak district. The paper cites “tensions” between Prime Minister Andranik Markarian and Sahakian’s father Galust, who leads the HHK faction in parliament.
In an interview with “Zhamanak Yerevan,” the leader of the radical Hanrapetutyun party, Aram Sarkisian, claims that the Armenian opposition will win the next parliamentary election, arguing that “the entire society is in opposition” to the country’s leadership. He says Armenians will not vote for “semi-opposition, centrist forces that are not different from the HHK and other government forces.”
“Aravot” reports that a nephew of Defense Minister Serzh Sarkisian was “actively” involved in a brawl that broke out at a Yerevan night club last week. The paper claims that the law-enforcement bodies are “trying to cover up the incident also because the property belongs to the deputy police chief of [the Yerevan district] of Nor Nork.”