“Iskakan Iravunk” says that the governing HHK may well be intent on creating a “one-party system” of governance despite its ongoing coalition talks with other parties. “It is clear that the opposition is primarily to blame for this situation,” the paper says, pointing to its failure to form major electoral alliances. “It looks like the same farce will be repeated in 2008. For already on May 13 there was no lack of opposition figures who have declared that they will stand in the 2008 presidential election.”
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” claims that President Robert Kocharian is another loser of the May 12 parliamentary election, saying that he now has to “play by the rules dictated by Serzh Sarkisian.” “Serzh Sarkisian will now show everyone that in fact he and Kocharian are brothers, that there are no problems between them, that nothing has changed in Armenia, that the new government will again be a coalition one and so on,” speculates the paper. “That is, he has to ensure the situation is calm until 2008 and then become president without much fuss. Surely Kocharian will not dare to resist. Furthermore, he will have to obey Serzh Sarkisian’s instructions.”
“Iravunk” says that Sarkisian will now seek to “cleanse” law-enforcement and other government structures of supporters of the pro-Kocharian Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK). “According to rumors, those [law-enforcement officials] who worked for the BHK during the elections are already being ‘offered’ by their superiors to ask to be relieved of their duties,” says the paper.
“Aravot” notes that the two young men who reportedly provoked a high-profile gunfight in Gyumri last week are portrayed as innocent angels by their famous fathers, Mayor Vartan Ghukasian and a businessman who lead the Gyumri branch of the BHK.
“168 Zham” reports that a Russian company may soon gain a monopoly on cargo shipments to and from Armenia. “To put it mildly, this is a dangerous prospect for Armenia because by having exclusive rights in that sphere, the company could not only set very high tariffs but go on ‘vacation,’ begin ‘prophylactic repairs’ and stop making cargo shipments at any moment,” says the paper. “With this company Russia would therefore have yet another lever to politically and economically suppress Armenia.”