“Aravot” writes in its editorial that regardless of whether Levon Ter-Petrosian will run for president or not or whether he will be elected president or not, the first president’s actual return to politics has stimulated positive processes: “The thing is that beginning in 1995 the political component of Armenian elections has been on the decline to reach nearly a zero level in the May 2007 parliamentary polls. The upcoming presidential election has a chance to prove different from previous elections at least for the simple reason that the current leadership will have to bring forward arguments to prove their advantages.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” writes that “judging by the latest ‘sensational’ developments the former ruling Armenian Pan-National Movement party is guided by the logic of ‘a rooster going after a hen’ -- even if I can’t catch it, it’ll still be a good warm-up.”
“But at least Levon Ter-Petrosian understands well that even if he is elected president he cannot influence the country’s political processes first of all because under the amended constitution the parliament’s majority is the real master of the situation,” the paper concludes.
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” emphasizes: “[Prime Minister] Serzh Sarkisian’s political support base is trying to portray the forthcoming presidential election as a struggle between the supporters of stability and revolutionary forces in which the advocate of stability is Serzh Sarkisian and the revolutionary is Levon Ter-Petrosian.”
“Hayk” claims rising tensions inside the ruling Republican Party (HHK) after Serzh Sarkisian recently presented a number of demands to his fellow party members: “In particular, Sarkisian instructed the HHK’s ideological wing to level sharp criticism at Armenia’s first president Levon Ter-Petrosian.” According to the information possessed by the paper, many of them refused to executive Serzh Sarkisian’s order. “Some said they had traveled a long way with Ter-Petrosian and were not going to subject the first president to improper criticism.”
Citing its well-informed sources, “Haykakan Zhamanak” suggests that the authorities have earmarked 19 apartments in Yerevan’s elite high-rise buildings to turn ‘undecided’ opposition members towards them before the upcoming presidential election. “This way the authorities will aim at enlisting the support of some oppositionists and besides will solve the problem of selling ‘elite apartments’ as things are not well in this business,” the paper concludes.