“Hayots Ashkhar” says that by voting for Serzh Sarkisian Armenians preferred a “predictable future.” “With its vote, the majority of Armenia’s voters has explicitly said no to attempts to escalate the political situation in Armenia and provoke excesses,” writes the pro-government paper. This verdict, it says, is “final and not subject to revision.”
“Aravot” says government claims that Ter-Petrosian will not be the main opposition candidate were based on the false belief that the ex-president’s electorate is a bunch of marginalized and embittered people. The paper says the government and its loyal media should stop referring to Ter-Petrosian as “the HHSh leader” or admit that the former ruling party has at least 350,000 members. “For a country like Armenia, 350,000 is a very serious number, and one can assume that they voted for Ter-Petrosian not because they love Levon and the HHSh very much but because they hope to get rid of the current authorities,” it says.
“Azg” says Ter-Petrosian did not win the election even if one assumes that his fraud allegations are true. The paper says he should therefore stop challenging the official vote results in the streets. “He must know well how the voter and their will are ignored,” it says. “In 1996 he did just that to more than half a million voters who elected Vazgen Manukian.”
“Zhamanak Yerevan” says that the Armenian election took place amid “unique and unimaginable violence and intimidation.” “What happened on February 19 is hard to imagine even in the worst nightmares,” claims the opposition paper.
“You may not believe the figures released by the Central Election Commission but by looking into them you can draw very interesting conclusions,” writes “168 Zham.” The paper wonders what minor candidates like Artashes Geghamian and Aram Harutiunian, who won less than one percent of the vote, will say now.