(Saturday, February 23)
“Regardless of the results, these elections had no winners,” writes “168 Zham.” “If there is anyone who won, it is the public shunned by those who are supposed to enforce law. And this explains why those who were opposed to Levon Ter-Petrosian and did not wish his victory are participating in [Ter-Petrosian’s] rallies these days. What happened on February 19, the scale of the humiliation of the people, is a gauntlet thrown at every citizen, regardless of whether they voted for Serzh Sarkisian, Levon Ter-Petrosian or others.”
“Democracy is a bad thing, but the humankind has not yet created anything better,” comments “Azg.” “These words were said a long time ago but are timely in the sense that it is not the crowd that decides the future. And while several thousand people are demanding something, hundreds of thousands of others continue to go about their day-to-day business.”
Colonel-General Seyran Ohanian, the chief of staff of Armenia’s Armed Forces, tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that the military will not intervene in the post-election developments in the country. “I assure you that the army will never have to use force against its own people because the security bodies have sufficient resources and will to perform their duties defined by law,” he says. “These forces are enough to neutralize possible provocations and maintain law and order in the country.”
Interviewed by “Aravot,” the campaign manager of opposition presidential candidate Vazgen Manukian worries that the standoff between the authorities and Levon Ter-Petrosian could turn violent because “both sides have adopted very tough positions.” “I think it is still possible to reach agreement and call new elections,” says Samvel Shahinian.