“The eight opposition candidates are promising to punish, within the framework of law, those who have committed crimes in the last ten years,” writes “Aravot.” “But unfortunately, law is not an absolute thing. Law is the expression of the will of the ruling class. Who can guarantee that law will not be used for ensuring the well-being of one’s own clan? History shows that even absolute monarchs were not independent in their actions. So what can be expected from presidents with much more limited powers?”
“Iravunk” says that Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian has so far left no indication that he will be happy to appoint Robert Kocharian prime minister if he becomes president. The paper says Kocharian and his entourage want to get “guarantees” of such an appointment now. “And because they are not succeeding in getting such guarantees, Kocharian’s support base, the BHK (the Prosperous Armenia Party), is not particularly enthusiastic about working for Serzh Sarkisian,” it says.
“It is amazing that neither Gagik Tsarukian, nor any other member of the BHK has stood alongside Serzh in this pre-election period,” comments “Taregir.” “The reason for that is that Serzh Sarkisian is not looking for allies. He is looking only for subordinates. Tsarukian already has a boss: Tsarukian. He probably thinks that he can’t simultaneously work for two bosses. Not only is he not accompanying Serzh … but is not financing his election campaign.”
“Iskakan Iravunk” discusses and disapproves of Ter-Petrosian’s threats to jail officials hampering his election campaign. “Hearing all that, one may think that in case of coming to power the first president of Armenia will give a boost to a construction sector like prison building,” the paper notes sarcastically. It says Ter-Petrosian’s “propaganda machine” is acting “in the same spirit of insults, threats and smear.” The ex-president’s main objective is to “psychologically break up” the ruling regime, according to “Iskakan Iravunk.”