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“Aravot” compares the current socioeconomic situation in Armenia with that in the early 1990s. “Nowadays people need a normal job, a dignified life, justice, an atmosphere of legality and so on,” editorializes the paper. “In order to meet that demand, it is necessary to go beyond the limits of today’s stereotypes. The existing stagnant system will budge only with revolutionary approaches … It is clear that our people will not take to the streets, will not attack the presidential palace and will not even demand regime change. But it is also obvious that the third president, whoever he is, must be extremely resolute. It is simply impossible to continue to move down this path for ten more years.”

“Azg” says that most Armenians continue to “feel deceived” by their first post-Communist government headed by Levon Ter-Petrosian. “Unfortunately, none of the immediate successors of the first president will enjoy the kind of [popular] trust which he had until 1994-1995,” writes the paper. “It is the loss of that trust and faith which was [Ter-Petrosian’s] greatest failing, mistake.” Ter-Petrosian, it says, should “explain” reasons for that mistake to citizens of Armenia.

“Hayk” reports that Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian met senior police officials on Sunday and issued them with “instructions related to opposition rallies.” “However, Serzh Sarkisian’s instructions were not received with unanimity,” says the paper. “To begin with, everyone knows the mood and friction within the police. Besides, everyone bears in mind the fate of the former police chief, Hovannes Varian. The latter wholeheartedly served the regime, subjecting opposition activists to repressions. But his services were not appreciated adequately, and Varian was simply thrown out of the system.”

“Zhamanak Yerevan” claims that overseas bank accounts of senior Armenian officials and oligarchs will be frozen starting from early December. “It is known that those accounts arose from illegally earned revenues,” says the paper. “By freezing them, the West is trying to prevent the use of those funds in the presidential elections.”

“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” contends that consumer price inflation in Armenia would have been lower had imports of basic foodstuffs not been monopolized by some of those oligarchs. “As soon as competition is allowed in Armenia, an opposite process will start,” it says.

(Atom Markarian)
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