“Hayots Ashkhar” looks at the Armenian opposition’s possible post-election tactic. “It’s been a while since they began repeating day and night that the results of the parliamentary elections will definitely be falsified. Those statements are already making representatives of the government camp visibly jittery.” The paper says they must not be worried because “we are dealing with an ordinary and repeatedly tested pre-election technique.” “It is quite obvious that the opposition will try to come to power regardless of the vote results,” it says, concluding: “In essence, the opposition is acting beyond the election framework. It doesn’t care about the real election results.”
“Aravot” claims that the intellectual level of many Armenian parliamentarians does not exceed that of young schoolchildren. “You don’t need an education threshold in order to work as a parliament deputy and succeed in business,” editorializes the paper. “But when international observers come to Armenia, our rulers get somewhat offended and exclaim, ‘Don’t treat us like a backward African country; at least 30 percent of our population has received higher education.’ Fine. But why is our political elite at the level of an African country?”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” says Nagorno-Karabakh President Arkady Ghukasian did not get Russia’s go-ahead to seek a third term in office during his latest visit to Moscow. One might think, says the paper, that Robert Kocharian would do everything to ensure that Ghukasian stands and prevails in the summer presidential election in Karabakh. “But the situation is different now. Kocharian has not attended [events making] Karabakh state holidays for two years. So it is obvious that Kocharian’s rapport with Ghukasian is not that good.” The paper says Ghukasian hardly pleased Kocharian by discussing his political future with Russian officials.
“Zhamanak Yerevan” reports that Gagik Mkheyan, deputy chairman of Orinats Yerkir, is to defect from the party led by former speaker Artur Baghdasarian. The paper says Mkheyan will tender his resignation “in the coming days.” “Although he has kind of distanced himself from his party of late, he has not yet formally announced his departure.” Baghdasarian is said to have complained privately that “taking offense from him has become kind of fashionable.”