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“Hayots Ashkhar” writes on the developments in neighboring Georgia: “In recent years certain politicians in Armenia have turned the so-called ‘Rose Revolution’ in Georgia into a sort of textbook of political science for our people to follow suit. It is interesting to remember their admiring estimations now. But it is even more interesting to draw comparisons between those estimations and the current situation.”

“Haykakan Zhamanak” reviews the situation in Georgia from a different perspective: “Processes are taking place in Armenia that hold out new opportunities for our country to become a leader in the region. The matter, of course, concerns the prospect of ex-president Levon Ter-Petrosian becoming Armenia’s next president. In the current situation, the election of Ter-Petrosian as president will nearly automatically take Armenia to regional leadership and we will recover the reputation of the ‘islet of democracy’.”

“Aravot” compares the ‘democratic images’ of the presidents of Armenia and Georgia.

“On April 13, 2004, President Robert Kocharian used water canons and tear gas to quell opposition protests. Mikheil Saakashvili added rubber bullets to the arsenal. Kocharian closed one TV station. And Saakashvili closed two. This leads to the conclusion that Kocharian is a greater democrat,” the paper writes with irony.

“Hayk” gets the impression that “it is not Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian who is a presidential candidate, but the outgoing president Robert Kocharian.”

“While Sarkisian took the trouble only once during the past months to respond to the estimations made by the first president in his recent public speeches, Kocharian appears to use every occasion to appear on television to make judgments about reminding the first president of his past.”

(Armen Dulian)
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