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“Hayastani Hanrapetutyun” publishes President Robert Kocharian’s comments on the recent statement by the U.S. cochairman of the OSCE Minsk Group Matthew Bryza in which the international negotiator said that if successful the upcoming meeting of the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Saint-Petersburg could reduce or even resolve differences on the main principles of conflict settlement. “The source of optimism of the American cochairman is not known to me,” the paper quotes Kocharian as saying in an interview with the Mediamax news agency. “The current state of the negotiating process and the statements that the Azerbaijani side has been making in the past two months leave little room for expectations of a positive result.”

“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” analyzes Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian’s behavior after the elections and writes: “In fact, he states that he doesn’t give a damn to the election outcome and will give a ministerial portfolio to whomever he wishes. Of course, officially it is presented as ‘broad cooperation’, but it is a well-known thing that all big crimes are committed under great-sounding slogans.” The paper charges that the prime minister doesn’t have the mandate to distribute ministerial posts among non-parliamentary forces, such as the United Labor Party, the Democratic Party and others. “These forces participated in the elections and people rejected them,” the periodical concludes.

“When you compare the 1990 Supreme Council with the persons who are getting parliamentary mandates today, the first word that comes to your mind is ‘degradation’ – “Aravot” editorializes. The paper argues that businessmen and oligarchs with government connections better known to the public at large by their nicknames wound not have been able to win seats in the 1990 legislature as it would be considered as ‘ridiculous, shameful and dishonorable for the nation’.

Continuing the new parliament’s subject, “Zhamanak Yerevan” suggests that the election results have put the chairman of the World Armenian Congress, Ara Abrahamian, in the most favorable position. “He [Abrahamian] had managed to include his three brothers into three different parties’ electoral slates and as a result, all of the three are parliament members today. Gold and diamond specialist Gagik Abrahamian is on the 27th spot of the Republican Party’s list, National Assembly member Seryozha Abrahamian is 6th in Orinats Yerkir’s slate and Armen Abrahamian is 25th with Prosperous Armenia. Many a people were forced to reject their mandates for Armen Abrahamian to make it to the National Assembly. This is, indeed, a precedent in the Armenian parliament, as three full brothers are members of parliament at the same time. In fact, it proves that Ara Abrahamian had made the most precise political calculation,” the periodical writes.

(Armen Dulian)
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