“Hayastani Hanrapetutyun” attacks former President Levon Ter-Petrosian, saying that he is trying to manipulate public opinion with his fierce criticism of the current authorities. “Although the former president skillfully avoids being a representative of the [former ruling] HHSh, as evidenced by his decision to nominate himself [as a presidential candidate,] Levon Ter-Petrosian is mainly surrounded by the same teammates with slightly different shades,” writes the government paper.
“Azg” says the authorities would be “terrified” of a presidential candidate representing the entire opposition camp. Even if that candidate is Ter-Petrosian. “Our opposition leaders do not want to understand this,” says the paper. “Under the guise of toppling the regime, they do more harm to one another, paving the way for the process of the ruling regime’s reproduction.”
“They all pretend to compete against each other but are talking only about Levon Ter-Petrosian,” “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” says, referring to various presidential candidates. “And that is totally understandable … In fact, Levon Ter-Petrosian’s nomination ended the era of political shows. This is something which everyone understands.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” claims that General Nerses Nazarian, chief of the Yerevan police, tried to eat a leaflet announcing Ter-Petrosian’s Friday rally as he partied with friends earlier this week. “Right from the beginning of the party General Nazarian was visibly not in high spirits,” the paper reports, citing unnamed witness accounts. “But parallel to the consumption of alcoholic beverages he started complaining that his bosses are unhappy with him because he is failing to properly fight against leaflets carrying Levon Ter-Petrosian’s pictures. Despite the police efforts, those leaflets can be found everywhere in Yerevan. And so Nazarian, lamenting this situation, suddenly took one such leaflet out of his pocket, crumpled it and started eating it. His friends managed to quickly take him away from the site of the party.” But, adds the paper, Nazarian still managed to “swallow the first bit.”
“Zhamanak Yerevan” reports on “widespread pressure” which it says is being exerted by the authorities on Ter-Petrosian supporters these days. The paper says the Ter-Petrosian camp has decided to make public all instances of such pressure.