“Aravot” carries a report about former president Levon Ter-Petrosian’s meeting with a large number of students and young people. “On November 3, Ter-Petrosian held a meeting at Armenia Marriott Hotel with about 1,700 young people, most of them students, who had come from all regions of the republic, including Yerevan. Among them were also non-partisans. Answering one of the questions, Ter-Petrosian dispelled young people’s worries that ‘the current authorities have something to remind Levon Ter-Petrosian about’: ‘Don’t worry. He [President Robert Kocharian] has nothing to remind me about. If there was something to remind of, he would have done so long ago, and we would be in jail now.’”
To another question about whether he would continue to struggle even if Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian won the election and became president, Ter-Petrosian replied: “That won’t be the case.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” writes that the part of the opposition that has rallied around the former president “realizes too well that the real ratio of forces is not in their favor” and that “they are certain to be defeated in the upcoming presidential elections”.
“Today’s Armenia lacks the critical mass of totally insolvent and disillusioned people of the early post-Soviet years that would be ready to follow any ‘savior’,” the paper concludes.
“Taregir” notices that it was not accidental that official media only reported the news of academician Rafael Ghazarian’s death, but did not duly present information about his activities as an outstanding scientists and public figure, about his services to the country during the years of the establishment of independent Armenian statehood, his contribution to the Karabakh movement and his active civil position.
“168 Zham” reports that the series of meetings of some opposition leaders initiated by Paruyr Hayrikian are continuing, with only two weeks remaining before the start of formal nominations of presidential candidates. The paper adds, however, that these meetings appear to fail to yield any definite results. “In any case, the participants of those meetings abstain from disclosing any details,” it says.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” observes that Orinats Yerkir leader Artur Baghdasarian, who like a majority of opposition members had rarely been seen on television until recently, has suddenly become one of the most ‘frequently hosted’ guests at different television companies.
“Television channels have obviously launched a ‘promotion campaign’ for Baghdasarian, since the only man now who has an opportunity to be seen at several television channels at a time is Republican Party leader Serzh Sarkisian.”