“If the authorities think that they will rig the elections and enjoy a good life for the next five years, that is a delusion,” writes “Aravot.” “The rapidly changing internal and especially external situation will simply not allow that. If the opposition hopes that after the elections it will take the people to the streets and carry out a revolution, that is a delusion too. There will not be a mass upheaval, while a non-mass upheaval will be stopped by truncheons and water canons.” The only way out of this situation, according to the paper, is a “dialogue” between the two rival camps.
Gevorg Poghosian, a government-connected pollster, tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that Levon Ter-Petrosian may have caused a stir in the political arena but the public as a whole is “indifferent” to his statements and possible comeback. “Because our public is extremely polarized in terms of not only social but political activity,” he says. Poghosian claims that most Armenians are indifferent to Ter-Petrosian because many of them are poor.
According to “Zhamanak Yerevan,” some active members of the governing Republican Party (HHK) remain unhappy with the fact that “the HHK has become a structure catering for Serzh Sarkisian’s corporate interests and deviated from its programs and ideology.” “Republicans who consider themselves carriers of that ideology can not forgive Sarkisian for bringing the entire oligarchic elite into the party with him and turning it into a club of his own spin doctors,” says the paper.
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” says those in the HHK who now demand that Levon Ter-Petrosian “give explanations regarding the post” must bear in mind that the public has similar expectations from Serzh Sarkisian. In particular, says the paper, many people want to know where Sarkisian was and what he did on the day of the October 1999 armed attack on the Armenian parliament and why the then national security minister failed to avert it. “Was the fact that he left for Armenian [army] positions in Karabakh on that day accidental?” it adds. “These are questions that require answers from Serzh Sarkisian, who now has the ambition to manage not a ministry but a whole country.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that President Robert Kocharian signed a decree dismissing the judge Pargev Ohanian before receiving the full written text of a relevant recommendation made by the Council of Justice. The paper says it was told by the Council of Justice that the decision is still being formalized. Kocharian’s decree is therefore illegal, it claims.