“Hayots Ashkhar” expects an “unprecedented” number of candidates in the Armenian presidential election, comparing their planned activities to a locust invasion. “The wave of their mutual insults, accusations and slander may simply create a hellish atmosphere inside the society and lead to a further deepening of its already negative views on politics,” worries the paper.
“Iravunk” comments on Levon Ter-Petrosian’s appeal to other opposition leaders and their possible responses. “It is hard to suspect Armenia’s first president of being naïve, generous and, the more so, ignoring reality and not soberly assessing the situation,” editorializes the paper. “Even though opposition consolidation remains on the agenda and seems to correspond to the aspirations of the considerable part of the country’s population, there is no such prospect for many subjective reasons and also because of persistent government efforts.”
According to “Aravot,” opposition leaders refusing to endorse Ter-Petrosian have not necessarily cut a deal with Serzh Sarkisian. The paper says they may simply be hoping to get a few percentage points in the first round of voting and then “haggle” with the two remaining candidates. “In essence, that is not much different from a preliminary deal,” it says. “It’s just that the haggling is delayed by three months.”
“Iskakan Iravunk” speculates that President Robert Kocharian is trying to create a “third pole” as an alternative to Sarkisian and Ter-Petrosian. The paper says the main components of that camp will be the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) and Vazgen Manukian. They will have a “substantial part of the president’s administrative resources” at their disposal, it says.
“Zhamanak Yerevan” reports that parliament deputies affiliated with Sarkisian’s Republican Party (HHK) feel “deeply offended” by the fact that Arevik Petrosian, the newly elected deputy speaker, spends much of her time visiting the offices of Dashnaktsutyun lawmakers. “The say during Petrosian’s election they both voted and stuffed ballots [for her] but that woman, failing to appreciate what they did, returned to a party where she had been in 2003,” says the paper. It reminds that Petrosian, who is now affiliated with the Prosperous Armenia Party, ran for parliament in 2003 on the Dashnaktsutyun ticket.