“It seems to supporters of Levon Ter-Petrosian, who has returned to politics, that they are the country’s saviors and must be cheered by everyone without presenting any serious argument in support of that,” writes a commentator for “Azg.” “Why should I believe that Levon Ter-Petrosian has changed and, in the event of coming to power, will not restore the reactionary environment in which those who were not with them were [deemed] against them? … And why should our people, who experienced the niceties of those years, trust in empty words?”
“Aravot” sees a growing public understanding of the fact that “Armenia simply has no resources to develop with the current regime.” “What we need today is a free-market economy where the prices of the dollar and goods are natural, rather than set by the presidential office, where all entrepreneurs, rather than the cronies of high-ranking officials, are able to import gasoline and sugar, where tax legislation is equally applied to all businesses,” editorializes the paper. “We need independent judges who are not scared of anything. We need free TV companies that discuss all those problems in a serene and relaxed manner.” That, according to the paper, is not “an act of hostility towards Robert Kocharian,” but the “necessary condition for the survival of our state.”
“Zhamanak Yerevan” the appointment of Felix Tsolakian as deputy director of the National Security Service (NSS) was a “consolation prize” for his failure to become the head of Armenia’s Audit Chamber. The latter is set to be headed by deputy parliament speaker Ishkhan Zakarian. The paper says the Prosperous Armenia Party, of which Zakarian is a member, has had no say in the imminent appointment. “Once again we are witnessing how Robert Kocharian uses state positions as his private property and hands them out to members of his inner circle and their cronies as gifts,” it claims.
According to “Haykakan Zhamanak,” some of the fresh amendments to Armenia’s Election Code drafted by the government are directed against Levon Ter-Petrosian. Under one of those amendments, alliances of political parties would no longer be allowed to nominate presidential candidates. Only a single party or the candidate himself would be able to do that. The paper says the purpose of this is to disguise multi-partisan support for Ter-Petrosian’s presidential run. It says the proposed change is a further indication of “panic” reigning in the government camp.