“On the one hand, it is clear that it is impossible to get rid of these authorities without a revolution,” editorializes “Aravot.” “On the other, why should we say and do things that will affect our future environment in one way or another?”
“Azg” describes the post-election standoff between the Armenian authorities and the opposition as a “war of nerves.” The paper says that with the opposition protests entering into their tenth day, the authorities are “not losing patience and making obvious mistakes which the demonstrators can seize upon and make a worldwide outcry.” “He who blinks first in this war of nerves will take one step back,” it says. “So far the parties have shown quite high-level self-control. Nobody can tell how long they can hold out.”
“Had Levon Ter-Petrosian not initiated his fantastic comeback, the situation in Armenia would have continued for another ten years … and nobody would have realized just how unbearable the regime is and that it can be changed,” “Haykakan Zhamanak” cites a Russian newspaper as writing on Thursday.
“Hayots Ashkhar” says that many of the opposition parties who campaigned on tough anti-government platforms for the election have now softened their stance. The paper says they are trying to get “as close to government levers as possible” in order to be able to deliver on their campaign promises. It points to the start of coalition negotiations between Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian and some of the defeated presidential candidates.
“Serzh Sarkisian and his entourage were convinced that those unhappy with election results will gather for one day, shout and disperse,” writes “Hayk.” “But when they realized that the people are really resolute they assured themselves that [the protesters] will quickly get tired and go home. Later on, when they realized that the people prefer getting tired but fighting for their votes they started threatening.” The opposition paper says Serzh Sarkisian and Robert Kocharian have arrested opposition leaders because they now understand that “the people are not going to give in easily.”