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“Reforms in the country should start from regime change, says the opposition,” “Aravot” writes in an editorial. “That is understandable from the human standpoint: the oppositionists too are eager to govern us a bit, but they are now allowed to. Reforms should start from the improvement of the legal framework, say the authorities. That is also understandable: by writing a few nice sentences on paper and ignoring those sentences they can carry on with their ‘patriotic’ governance of the country. Besides, with a ‘legal framework’ you can dupe European ‘politburos.’”

According to “Hayots Ashkhar,” the outcome of the Armenian parliamentary elections is essentially being decided now. The paper editorializes that the main political actors are now busy exploring possibilities of new electoral alliances that would be devoid of any ideological base. Their supreme goal is to “enter parliament at any cost.” “If they had other goals, there would be much less talk of possible alliances,” it says.

“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that the Office of the Prosecutor-General on Tuesday asked opposition leader Artashes Geghamian to substantiate his allegations that Defense Minister Serzh Sarkisian and his entourage plotted to assassinate oligarch Gagik Tsarukian. Geghamian is quoted as promising to send a relevant “documentary tape” to the prosecutors and to cooperate with them.

“Geghamian’s future is in Kocharian’s hands,” claims “Taregir.” “Artashes Geghamian is perfectly aware that he can never reach the heights of power by himself and without assistance … [Geghamian] is now panicking more than ever before. It can be said that his career is now at risk. The thing is that the former ‘man of Serzh’ has been driven out of the defense minister’s inner circle.” The paper says that is why he is now busy helping the authorities put “desirable oppositionists” into the next National Assembly.

“Haykakan Zhamanak” cites an unnamed source close to Tsarukian’s Prosperous Armenia party as insisting that Justice Minister David Harutiunian will not join it to contest the upcoming elections. “Gagik Tsarukian’s statement that nobody from the executive branch will be included on the party’s electoral list remains in force,” says the source.

“Although the quality of the [Armenian] electoral code is improving, elections keep getting worse,” opposition lawmaker Shavarsh Kocharian tells “Hayk.”

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