“Iravunk” looks at dramatic post-election developments in Armenia. “The mass rallies in Liberty Square demonstrate that part of the opposition, Levon Ter-Petrosian and his team, are trying to show the authorities that they have no intention to drop their demands,” writes the paper. It says the standoff between the government and the Ter-Petrosian camp depends on “who will be capable of waging a more stubborn and lasting struggle.”
“With its unequivocally positive assessment of the February 19 elections, the international community closed the issue of determining Armenia’s next president both for itself and for us,” writes “Hayots Ashkhar.” “The train is gone and nobody can catch it anymore. So some people are wrong to think that they can reverse the course of history by such means.” Any attempt to dispute the outcome of the election is not only “harmful for our people” but could “greatly damage Armenia’s standing and authority,” concludes the paper.
“Aravot” tries to explain the presence of many young people in Ter-Petrosian’s rallies. “Young people are more sober and pragmatic than our generation,” says the paper. “Our attempts to fill their heads with some truths about the past beneficial for us are meaningless. Today they have are more possibilities of following developments in the world than we had in the 1980s and they want our country to keep pace with the developing world. This is what explains their opposition stance.”
“In our political field they still can’t learn to concede defeat with dignity,” laments “Hayastani Hanrapetutyun.” “Even if that defeat is good for the people. More precisely, they can’t come to terms with defeat … Today one should give people hope, rather than demoralize them. One should consolidate, rather than divide them.”