(Saturday, August 20)
“Aravot” reveals details of last week’s incident involving two senior members of the governing Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), parliament deputy Ashot Aghababian and the mayor of Yerevan’s central administrative district, Gagik Beglarian. The paper says their motorcades ran into each other on a busy street intersection, with Beglarian’s bodyguards fearing that their boss could come under fire and surrounding Aghababian’s car. It says the latter’s bodyguards responded by attacking Beglarian’s men. “Although no firearms were used in the fight, some of them were left injured. The interesting thing is that the fighters were separated by Deputy Ashot Aghababian.”
According to “Haykakan Zhamanak,” Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian is spending his summer vacation in the famous German resort of Baden Baden. “And Baden Baden, as is known to many people, is one of the world’s most famous and prestigious resorts where representatives of various countries’ elites take rest,” says the paper. “No less noteworthy are the city’s casinos. And visiting casinos, as is widely known, is one of Serzh Sarkisian’s weaknesses.” Sarkisian, adds the paper, is not the only senior official spending his holiday abroad: Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian is currently in Greece for that purpose.
“Hayots Ashkhar” lashes out at the former ruling Armenian Pan-National Movement (HHSh) for its efforts to build broad-based opposition support for former President Levon Ter-Petrosian’s participation in the forthcoming presidential elections. “Not only have they forgotten about their past ‘feats,’ but … are bragging about glorious victories against the people scored during the years of HHSh rule,” writes the paper. “Against whom? Their own people?”
The HHSh-controlled daily “Hayk,” meanwhile, carries more calls for Ter-Petrosian’s return to active politics. “Only Levon Ter-Petrosian’s return to politics can put the country in order,” Hamlet Nahatakian, a school headmaster from Echmiadzin, is quoted as saying. “Only he can get the country out of this situation.” Nahatakian says Ter-Petrosian also enjoys a great deal of moral authority abroad. “I am proud of the fact that wherever our president went, the standing of the Armenian people and the newly established Armenian statehood would rise. We did not understand his greatness,” he adds.