Commenting on the recent visits by the first president of Armenia, Levon Ter-Petrosian, to different regions of Armenia, member of the political council of the Hanrapetutyun party Smbat Ayvazian tells “Aravot”: “Levon Ter-Petrosian seems to be trying to get a better idea of the situation in the country. He tries to listen to people in different areas, to learn their viewpoints. Those who accompany him in the regions see that people demand his return to big politics… and I he will certainly do that.”
“Iskakan Iravunk” writes that one thing that happened during Serzh Sarkisian’s premiership after the parliamentary elections is that those who once felt they were eternal ‘small feudalists’ began to feel bad. “When the ‘Choyt’ operation began in Echmiadzin leaving Hakob Hakobian practically with nothing, few could imagine what was in store for them. Also in Echmiadzin, General Seyran Saroyan was deprived of an army corps and sent to the National Assembly. Now his son-in-law is on trial. And it must have been a real shock for General Manvel Grigorian that prosecutors dared launch an inquiry into his son’s case.”
“Hayk” cites well-informed sources and reports that former governor of Lori Henrik Kochinian affiliated with the Republican Party of Armenia managed to settle his matters during the latest visit of Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian to the Lori province. Kochinian and Vanadzor mayor Samvel Darbinian face criminal charges for different illegal deeds. “At the end of Serzh Sarkisian’s visit, the prime minister, Kochinian and Darbinian had a private conversation. Sarkisian promised to get the criminal cases against them dismissed. Moreover, he promised to give a job to Kochinian. A few days after Sarkisian’s visit to Lori, Kochinian came to Yerevan to meet with the premier to enquire about his future.”
“Iravunk”, which also quotes reliable sources, writes that Serzh Sarkisian has given instructions to suspend until next April any private construction in the capital, especially in the city center, including the ongoing construction in the vicinity of the Opera House. An elite construction is underway there. The paper reports that the construction is implemented by the Old Yerevan Restaurant’s owner, who purchased the site from President Robert Kocharian’s niece for $150,000.
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” writes that before leaving on vocation, Serzh Sarkisian one more time slapped the United Labor Party (MAK) and its leader Gurgen Arsenian. “The thing is that Serzh Sarkisian fired MAK representative Tamara Gevorkian, who served as deputy minister of labor and social affairs. Gevorkian is regarded as Arsenian’s most loyal companion in the party.”