“Aravot” editorializes that there are hardly any senior government officials in Armenia who have no business interests. “Our government officials are keen to get rich, clinch, steal and, naturally, have neither the desire nor the time to perform their duties,” says the paper. “In one of the negative manifestations of the mentioned phenomenon, the same officials are strongly interested in election falsifications and reproduction of the government because they suppose that any other government could strip them of their sources of revenue. All presidential candidates are certainly aware of this situation. But the question of who and how will be able to break up the system remains unanswered.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” ridicules “ecstatic” outbursts by presidential candidates keen to impress voters. “The electorate likes that,” says the paper. “That attracts its attention, gives the impression of it being needed, leads it to believe that it is a nice blossom of democracy.”
Interviewed by “Azg,” opposition leader and presidential candidate Vazgen Manukian speaks out against attempt to create an “hysterical atmosphere” in Armenian in the run-up to next month’s election. Manukian also says he will try to make Armenians understand that “having such a government is not right for the country’s future.” “We need to have a government that will turn all of our wishes into reality,” he says.
According to “Haykakan Zhamanak,” former President Levon Ter-Petrosian’s Thursday trip to the central Kotayk region showed that “public interest” in the opposition leader keeps growing. “At this point people perceive Ter-Petrosian not only and not so much as their first president as a leader who is able to defeat the current regime,” says the opposition paper.
“Iskakan Iravunk” notes the increasingly “aggressive tone” of Ter-Petrosian’s and his allies’ campaign speeches. “Both in Liberty Square and in the regions, Ter-Petrosian has started using such phrases in reference to his political rivals which do not befit not only the country’s first president but any village mayor,” says the paper. “And there has also been a noteworthy shift in the logic of his speeches. Whereas Robert Kocharian was described as the top of the kleptocratic pyramid and HHK leader Serzh Sarkisian was described in passing before, now … they are mainly talking about Serzh Sarkisian.”