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Sociologist Gevorg Poghosian tells “Hayastani Hanrapetutyun” that Armenia is undergoing a “political modernization without a colored revolution.” “Armenia is giving birth to a new movement, a new party, Prosperous Armenia, which is neither in opposition, nor in government because it has not been in government,” he says. Poghosian describes the party led by businessman Gagik Tsarukian as an “internal opposition” needed by the public and the state. “Prosperous Armenia (BHK) is taking away votes from the opposition electorate without being in opposition,” he says.

“Aravot” reports that the BHK has sold fertilizers at cut-down prices to villagers in the Gegharkunik and Armavir regions. “The lists of buyers were drawn up by local organizations of the party,” sys the paper.

The former ruling HHSh party’s decision to pull out of the parliamentary race was “predictable” for “Hayots Ashkhar.” “The HHSh builds its pre-election tactic on activating Levon Ter-Petrosian ahead of the 2008 presidential election in one way or another,” says the paper. “Implementation of that scenario would be hampered by the danger of his party failing to overcome the 5 percent threshold.” The HHSh is thus becoming a “shadowy conductor and at the same time the main ideologue of the revolution-minded radical opposition.”

“Iskakan Iravunk” looks at President Robert Kocharian’s election-related comments made at his meeting with university students on Friday. “In essence, the Armenian is making it clear to the government camp, ‘Each of you can seek victory by any means and not shy away from overtly criminal actions so long as things are kept quiet and peaceful in polling stations during the voting. But nobody should suddenly dispute the rules of the game and haggle over [election] figures,’” writes the paper.

“Iravunk” comments on Kocharian’s accusations of treason directed at former parliament speaker Artur Baghdasarian. Referring to Baghdasarian’s Orinats Yerkir Party, the paper says the accusation burst a political bubble created by Serzh Sarkisian in 1998. “It’s difficult to say when that political decision [to destroy Orinats Yerkir] was made,” it says. “Probably at the moment when the young, inexperienced, but extremely self-confident and ambitious leader of Orinats Yerkir, who has been close to the government trough both under the HHSh and current regimes, decided that it’s time to play his own game. Playing such a game requires not only appropriate skills and courage but, most importantly, political capital accumulated from the past -- something which Artur Baghdasarian does not have.”

“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that Kocharian and Sarkisian have already made a “political decision” to appoint General Seyran Ohanian, commander of the Nagorno-Karabakh army, as the new chief of the Armenian army staff. “But the appointment will be announced after May 12,” says the paper.

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