“Iskakan Iravunk” says police will fail to identify those who planted bombs outside two offices of the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK), citing their poor track record of solving other “political crimes.” “The irrefutable fact is that the situation has become uncontrollable and that organizers and perpetrators of [such] crimes are making use of the conditions allowing them to distinguish themselves,” says the paper.
“Hayots Ashkhar” says campaign trips and speeches by various election contenders will have a limited impact on voters’ political preferences. It takes “longer and more patient work” to win the hearts and minds of most Armenians. “As for the rest of the electorate, it is either bribed, preferring 5,000 drams to 5,000 promises, or does not take part in the elections at all,” writes the paper.
“Aravot” says Hakob Hakobian, a controversial businessman disqualified from the parliamentary race, fell victim to the political and economic system which he himself had helped to create. “The people who shoot at him now, the court that does not register him [as a candidate] for the sake of General Seyran’s victory, too, are very far away from classical politics,” editorializes the paper. “They, too, have their economic interests.”
Citing unnamed government sources, “Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that the vacant post of defense minister will not, after all, be given to the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun). The paper says the commander of Nagorno-Karabakh’s army, Seyran Ohanian, is in pole position to get the job. “As for the former Deputy Defense Minister Artur Aghabekian, whom Dashnaktsutyun considers the most worthy candidate for the post of defense minister, he is being left out of the game at the moment,” it says.
“Hayk” says that authorities in Yerevan are collecting personal information from all municipal employees and telling them whom to vote for on May 12.
“Zhamanak Yerevan” accuses the governing Republican Party of forcing rival candidates in the northern Lori region to drop out of the race with the help of police. “This work style has caused such discontent in Lori that local residents say the popularity of the Republicans has fallen dramatically,” says the paper.