“The body language and gestures of [Armenian presidential] candidates show that they are not quite frank,” psychologist Elda Grin tells “168 Zham.” “For example, there are people who look increasingly stupid day by day. Maybe they too are tired of this campaign. Seeing that look, can you trust the guy? No.”
“Failure by opposition candidates to unite will escalate their fight for second place [in the presidential race,] as a result of which they will fail to act in a united front in the post-election period as well,” writes “Hayots Ashkhar.” “Surely Ter-Petrosian and the team of former officials surrounding him, each of whose members already fancies himself as an official seated in a soft chair, will go to the end.” The pro-government paper goes on to predict that former parliament speaker Artur Baghdasarian will finish second in the race and emerge as the top leader of the Armenian opposition. It says that unlike Ter-Petrosian, Baghdasarian will have “a lot to lose in the post-election period” if joins anti-government demonstrations.
“Aravot” says it would be wrong to claim that Ter-Petrosian is primarily backed by impoverished voters who are desperate to settle scores with government officials and oligarchs. The paper says it was struck by the presence of many young Armenians in Ter-Petrosian’s last rally in Yerevan. It suggests that they “matured during the years of independence” and don’t have painful memories of the early 1990s.
“Azg” reports that group of Armenian nationals living in Germany have written to the Armenian government and the Central Election Commission to express their discontent with their inability to vote in the February 19 election. “We view this fact as a violation of the electoral rights of all citizens of Armenia guaranteed by the constitution,” it says.