“Taregir” writes that as the presidential elections approach it is becoming increasingly evident that the Armenian opposition will have “more than one single candidate.” “Nonetheless, the picture that emerged during the last elections to the National Assembly will hardly be repeated,” editorializes the paper. “Because in all likelihood the authorities too will have more than one single candidate.”
“As was expected, the beginning of September marked the start of bids to participate in the next presidential elections,” writes “Iravunk.” “Statements made so far make it clear that the search for a single candidate in the opposition camp will hardly yield a positive result for a number of reasons.” The first and foremost of them, according to the paper, is the hypocrisy of politicians with presidential ambitions. “Nobody is ready to yield because the nearly half a million votes lost as a result of the opposition discord during the parliamentary elections have created a peculiar situation. The process of the distribution of votes among opposition parties has not exposed an obvious leader.”
“Zhamanak Yerevan” claims that Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian may still run for president despite his statements made on Thursday. “Robert Kocharian is keeping Vartan Oskanian as an alternative to Serzh Sarkisian in case Serzh Sarkisian fails to clean up his image, by smiling to everyone, and prove that he is the one who deserves to be the sole government candidate in the presidential elections,” speculates the paper. “Or if he displays disobedience and if Kocharian has suspicions regarding his personality. This is perhaps another reason why Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian is going out of his way to live up to the trust placed in him and please everyone he comes across.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” feels sorry for politicians announcing their entry into the presidential race. “We even love would-be presidents,” the paper says in a sarcastic editorial. “True, they make too much noise and are restless. But all in all, they are harmless, totally detached from reality.” The paper says their pathetic self-confidence is the result of personality cults enjoyed by him within their own parties. “There is only one thing our leaders don’t understand: If they carry you on their arms, don’t get thrilled, it may be that the procession is moving towards the cemetery.”
According to “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun,” ruling circles are already talking about who will become prime minister in the event of Sarkisian’s victory in the presidential election. The paper says potential candidates include Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian, presidential adviser Armen Gevorgian and Deputy Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian. Also aspiring to the job is Karen Karapetian, the parliamentary leader of the Republican Party, Russian-Armenian tycoon Ara Abrahamian’s brother Gagik as well as Armen Sarkisian, the London-based former prime minister. The latter “already has his representative in the government,” the paper says, pointing to the recent appointment of Levon Martirosian, the leader of the pro-establishment MIAK party, as an adviser to Serzh Sarkisian.