“Aravot” dismisses conspiracy theories about foreign powers’ alleged involved in the power struggle in Yerevan. The paper says neither the United States nor any other country has a vested interest in supporting the current Armenian government or plotting its downfall. “But even if they had, they couldn’t do anything against the will of our people,” it says. “That Armenia’s citizens do not want a ‘color’ revolution is obvious. But to Armenians want fair elections? Deep down, probably yes. So deep that you can’t see that.”
“Zhamanak Yerevan” claims that its entire print run was “collected” from newsstands in Yerevan on Tuesday because it contained an interview with Karen Karapetian, a senior member of the governing Republican Party (HHK). The paper says that its copies were bought up by Karapetian’s men, arguing that it had rejected the HHK leader’s request not to publish the interview. “It is hard to say which word or coma in the interview terrified the HHK faction leader. But the fact is that he made titanic efforts to ensure that our yesterday’s edition does not reach readers.”
“Zhamanak Yerevan” writes separately that relations between Justice Minister Gevorg Danielian and his predecessor David Harutiunian, who heads the Armenian parliament’s committee on legal affairs, have deteriorated of late. The paper says Harutiunian openly opposed a government bill presented by Danielian at a recent committee meeting. However, it adds, most committee members voted for the bill.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that Nagorno-Karabakh’s new President Bako Sahakian has formally requested a parliamentary confirmation of his decision to appoint a local businessman and party leader, Arayik Harutiunian, as the unrecognized republic’s new president. The paper says the Karabakh parliament speaker, Ashot Ghulian, met with parliament faction leaders to discuss Harutiunian’s candidacy. The full parliament is to debate the issue within the next five days.