“If Armenia had a [functioning] political system and periodically held normal elections, there would probably be three main political parties in the country: the HHSh, the Communist Party and Dashnaktsutyun,” “Aravot” says in an editorial. “They would embody the three main ideologies: the liberal, socialist and nationalist ones. But because the former and current authorities have done everything to prevent such a system from coming into existence and have consistently driven out the political component of elections, it is pointless to speak of ideologies today. Those who have illegally gotten hold of [power] levers somehow rule, while those who lack those levers find themselves on the sidelines of public life, together with the majority of the people.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” attacks “revolutionary calls” which it says were made by prominent supporters of former President Levon Ter-Petrosian who have launched an anti-government movement called Aylentrank (Alternative). “As for a revolution promised by Aylentrank, that is the beginning of efforts to prove the credibility of a show planned for 2008, or just a rehearsal,” the paper writes, seeing an attempt to lay the groundwork for Ter-Petrosian’s return to the political arena.
“Robert Kocharian has gone underground,” claims “Iravunk.” The paper says Kocharian is said to have been disappointed with the results of his frequent trips to Russia. It says individuals close to governing circles attribute that to his alleged failure to get “some go-aheads” from the Kremlin.
“It has emerged from well-informed sources that the presidential administration has tentatively decided to give 20 single-mandate constituencies to the Republicans and 13 others to Prosperous Armenia,” reports “Hayk.” “As for the remaining eight districts, they have been allocated to non-partisan oligarchs.” The paper says Kocharian has told the HHK and Prosperous Armenia to make sure their candidates do not run in the same constituencies.
“168 Zham” reports that Hzor Hayrenik, a pro-establishment party uniting natives of Georgia’s Armenian-populated Javakheti region, will not contest the May 12 elections and will urge supporters to vote for Gagik Tsarukian’s Prosperous Armenia instead. “In exchange for that sacrifice, two non-rank-and-file representatives of Hzor Hayrenik will be included on Prosperous Armenia’s [electoral] list,” says the paper.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s claims that Iranian specialists have developed a cure against AIDS, drawing a parallel with a similar announcement made by Serzh Sarkisian back in 1999.