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“Hayk” reports that one of the first steps of Nagorno-Karabakh’s newly elected President Arkady Ghukasian will be to sack Anushavan Danielian, the Karabakh prime minister. The paper says he will be replaced by Arayik Harutiunian, a businessman and the leader of the Azat Hayrenik party. “The population of the NKR regards Arayik Harutiunian as a benefactor and believes that at this point he is the best candidate for the post of prime minister,” it says.

“In recent years, courts and law-enforcement bodies have become Robert Kocharian’s and Serzh Sarkisian’s puppets,” “Hayk” claims in a separate commentary. “They are devoid of the right to make decisions independently. It is Robert Kocharian and Serzh Sarkisian who now decide which crimes must be solved and which ones covered up, who will be accused in a particular case, who will be punished and who will be acquitted. Trials have degenerated into theater plays. Employees of the police, the prosecutor’s office and the national security service are now doing more to collect compromising material against opposition leaders and wire-tap their phones than to prevent or solve crimes.”

“Processes going on in the opposition camp at the moment testify to one thing,” writes “Hayots Ashkhar.” “Without a radical generation change, the emergence of new forces and leaders, they are doomed to yet another defeat. The opposition’s unification within its current format is a simple deception.” The paper says that such a unification can not happen unless most of the current opposition leaders are ousted by members of their own parties. “Everything will be decided in party congresses to be held this autumn. Sons must mount an uprising. Or else, they too will be stripped of any prospect.”

“Aravot” quotes a spokesman for Samvel Babayan’s Dashink (Alliance) party as saying that the former military leader of Nagorno-Karabakh has no intention to stand in Armenia’s forthcoming presidential election. “Nor did and does he have an intention to become Armenia’s prime minister,” says Gnel Ghlechian. “I think it is now the right time to create prerequisites and unite various political forces not into alliances, but a single powerful opposition front.” He claims that the Armenian opposition has already lost the 2008 presidential election.

(Armen Dulian)
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