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“Aravot” expresses bewilderment at the opposition-style campaign rhetoric of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun). “Listening to campaign speeches by representatives of this party and watching their pre-election cartoon videos, one might think that in the last nine years the party has not been in deep opposition, has not made use of the perks provided by the same thieving regime castigated by them, and has not had wealthy businessmen on its proportional list,” the paper says in an editorial. “After becoming opposition for several weeks Dashnaktsutyun will likely again join the governing coalition, this time with the HHK and the BHK, in order to say five years later that it is not responsible for shortcomings because it did not have full power.”

“Azg” says the HHK and the BHK have clearly emerged as the election frontrunners. “Despite claims by HHK figures of different caliber that they are aiming for an absolute majority [in parliament,] it is evident that the Republicans can not win an absolute majority and that the country’s coalition governance will continue after May 12,” writes the paper. “As for the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK), it has managed to very quickly occupy its unique place in the political landscape. The election campaign has demonstrated that the BHK is perhaps the only party whose representatives have never said anything bad any other party.”

“Iskakan Iravunk” reports that the Armenian police have been instructed to collect the names of all those citizens who have sold their homes and left the country, alleging that that is part of a large-scale vote rigging operation planned by the HHK leadership. The paper claims that the names of those people will be used for giving non-existent votes to Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian’s party. It reminds that the authorities have purchased a lot more ballot boxes than they need.

“Hayk” claims that the Armenian authorities have hired about 30 foreign “mercenaries” to disrupt post-election rallies planned by the radical opposition. “They have been invited to provoke clashes with police and turn police forces against the people,” says the paper. “The special ‘paratroopers’ were invited from Ukraine at the initiative of Armenian Deputy Defense Minister Boris Khachaturov. The thugs are Crimean Tatars and very much look like Armenians.”

(Atom Markarian)
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