“Zhamanak Yerevan” writes that the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) is facing a dilemma: for one thing the guys want to earn more money by continuing in their government positions; for another thing they want to talk about corruption, criticize the government, its separate members, and all those who are not Dashnaks. For this very reason they want to be given ministerial portfolios in Serzh Sarkisian’s government in such a way that they don’t share common responsibility for the government’s work, but on the contrary keep criticizing the government to win a positive public image ahead of next year’s presidential election in which they will field their own candidate. “No matter how strange it may sound, Dashnaktsutyun’s plans may work, of course thanks to their guardian angel Robert Kocharian,” the paper concludes.
Hanrapetutyun (Republic) party leader Aram Sarkisian tells “Aravot” that it is not so obvious for him that Serzh Sarkisian is the government-backed candidate for presidency in next year’s elections. “There are some talks also about Vartan Oskanian. Don’t forget about these recent processes with Dashnaktsutyun, and then I think that [President] Robert Kocharian himself is dissatisfied with these elections because he didn’t want to become the youngest pensioner. But unlike me, he cannot say that these elections were fraudulent and cannot express his dissatisfaction like I do, and therefore he has to carry out certain activities inside the government. So, those who know Kocharian will agree that the situation is not clear,” the oppositionist tells the paper.
“Hayots Ashkhar” writes that no matter how sad it is for the “revolution leaders”, the number of people attending the Impeachment bloc’s “one, plus one, plus one”, “this one is you, you, you” “shows” is disastrously shrinking. And presidential hopefuls Aram Karapetian, Aram Z. Sarkisian, and Nikol Pashinian, who is still a minor for presidential ambitions, are unable to avert this disaster. “What’s to be done? Life is cruel, and political life is even crueler,” the paper concludes.
“According to our information, Robert Kocharian has given instructions to find and punish the participants in the high-profile gunfight on May 21,” “Hayk” reports. “At the same time, Kocharian is doing everything to achieve Gyumri mayor Vartan Ghukasian’s resignation. Currently, authorities are looking for ways to remove Ghukasian from the post. However, [Prime Minister] Serzh Sarkisian is doing everything for Ghukasian to remain in his post at least until the presidential elections.”
“Taregir” points out the absurdity of the case against ex-foreign minister Alexander Arzumanian, who is currently kept in custody on money laundering charges. “The charges are leveled against a person who was a rare minister in post-independence Armenia not accused of any corrupt practices either by the people or his political rivals. Presidential elections are ahead, and we think that Arzumanian has been chosen as a target to put off those who really have intentions of sending money from abroad in the time to come,” the periodical writes.