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“Haykakan Zhamanak” predictably welcomes the end of Levon Ter-Petrosian’s prolonged silence, saying that the former president made it clear on Friday that “he will not be watching the reproduction of the ruling clan as an observer.” The pro-Ter-Petrosian paper says his comeback was “totally unexpected” for the Armenian authorities. “The fact that TV stations covering the entire republic kept totally silent [about Ter-Petrosian’s speech] for two days testifies to this,” it says. “They in the government offices could not figure out who to react to what happened.”

Another pro-Ter-Petrosian paper, “Taregir,” says the ex-president is really “inclined” to nominate his presidential candidacy. “We believe that the issue of Ter-Petrosian’s nomination is a technical one,” it says. “One is left to hope that political forces rallying around Ter-Petrosian understand the whole seriousness of the situation.”

Not surprisingly, “Hayots Ashkhar” rejects Ter-Petrosian’s accusations addressed to the current government. The pro-government paper says if one is to believe Ter-Petrosian, laws were respected during his rule whereas the current “criminal regime prefers the underworld order.” “What is this? An absolute loss of memory or simply cynicism?” it asks. “Or maybe by directing ludicrous accusations at the current authorities Ter-Petrosian is trying to weaken or deflect from himself the people’s legitimate fury.”

“While not defending these authorities, because they are not something which can be really praised, it is impossible not to recall the atmosphere of impunity that reigned in the country during Ter-Petrosian’s rule,” writes “Azg.” The paper says his government was mired in corruption and its senior members cashed in on the war with Azerbaijan.

“Aravot” focuses on the content of Ter-Petrosian’s speech and its assertion that corruption is at the heart of Armenia’s existing political and economic system. “Unless that system is dismantled we will at best remain in the ranks of third world countries without serious development prospects. No unbiased and sincere person can fail to agree with this,” editorializes the paper.

“Regardless of the election results, Ter-Petrosian’s nomination would clear the way for political struggle in the country and the electoral system would undergo development,” writes “Zhamanak Yerevan.” “The atmosphere in the country would change, a competition of views and ideas would start. And finally, the fight against vote falsifications could become more effective because there would be many people willing to fight against them.”

(Atom Markarian)
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