“Hayots Ashkhar” writes that after the presidential elections due to be held in Armenia and Azerbaijan next year the leaders of both countries will face the most serious test of “Karabakh settlement”.
“The side that manages to hold the cleanest elections will have a chance to back up its arguments in the future negotiations and vice versa,” the paper writes, and concludes: “So the upcoming elections are also a test of democracy.”
“Aravot” editorializes on the opposition steps aimed at amending the election code: “Now the opposition is trying to amend the election code to prevent fraud in the upcoming presidential election as far as possible. But what is the motivation of the lawmakers elected to parliament through such fraud to prevent similar practices in the future elections? It is natural that those of the majority who can at least express their thoughts clearly will label the proposals and will not even allow them to be put on the agenda.”
In an apparent jab at National Accord Party (AMK) leader Artashes Geghamian, “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” writes: “If an opposition member declares that the country is at the verge of destruction and then says he won’t unite with anyone because he is the only one who can lead the country out of this situation, knowing well that he has no chance of winning, it means only one thing – the person expects his ‘crumbs’ from the regime.”
“Hayk” continues the subject, personalizing: “If there had been people until yesterday who did not believe that Artashes Geghamian obediently executes [Prime Minister] Serzh Sarkisian’s orders, then now no one or almost no one doubts that. One can conclude from the speeches of the AMK senior members that Geghamian is nominated not to be elected president but to hinder former president Levon Ter-Petrosian.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” claims that the profits of goods importers have tripled as a result of the recent 20-25 percent appreciation of the Armenian national currency, the dram: “The main part of that extra profit is spent to cover the expenses of the government candidate as well as pseudo-opposition candidates.”
The paper’s commentator assumes that “the appreciation of the dram will depend on what the legal and illegal campaign will cost the authorities”, predicting that the dram, therefore, may appreciate by another 30 percent by next February.