“Hayots Ashkhar” outlines a great shift expected in the U.S. policies following the victory of democrats in the recent elections and writes: “It also requires us to pay greater attention to democratic reforms and the issue of holding the 2007 and 2008 parliamentary and presidential elections in Armenia in accordance with all international standards.”
“Aravot” publishes Washington-based analyst Richard Giragosian’s opinion about possible candidates for president in Armenia. “Washington wants [Defense Minister] Serzh Sargsian to be the natural successor of President Robert Kocharian because there is no opposition in Armenia. Washington thinks that it is good that there is Kocharian especially in the context of the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement. There is no better one who can sign an agreement,” the analyst said, adding that, for example, a good reformer for the army could be Deputy Defense Minister Artur Aghabekian.
Outlining the war between the two models existing in power today, “Haykakan Zhamanak” writes: “One should admit that the Republican Party of Armenia represented by Serzh Sarkisian and the Prosperous Armenia party represented by Gagik Tsarukian have serious ideological differences that can be summarized to the following: Who has the right to arbitrariness – the official who has earned billions through corruption or the oligarch who has earned billions through manipulating officials?”
“168 Zham” writes that it will be very difficult to change the mentality of ‘becoming a director at any cost’ that has deep roots among Armenians. “The fact is that many of them [Armenians] view politics as a type of business where they want to be only directors. A year and a half before the presidential elections many of them began to see themselves in the chair of the republic’s ‘director’ without understanding that the current director is, true, not in his place, but is still in the territory and, if necessary, can punish those who are distinguished with greater activity.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that Customs Committee chief Armen Avetisian does not rule out that he may become a member of the Republican Party and it can take place if the National Assembly adopts the draft amendments to the Law on Customs Service. “The government had submitted to the National Assembly a bill which, if adopted, will allow not only customs but also tax service workers to become partisans,” the paper informs its readers.
Orinats Yerkir parliamentary faction secretary Heghine Bisharian expressed the following opinion on the pages of “Aravot”: “If someone is doing some bad things he should not be afraid that the whole of Armenia can learn about it. The matter concerns Tigran Torosian, who being deputy parliament speaker for three years did not say even three words about inefficient agencies working at the National Assembly.”