“It is impossible to restore the ‘stability’ of Kocharian’s years in power, and the methods that are being used by the departing president are simply a self-deception,” Victor Dallakian, an independent parliament deputy, tells “Aravot.” He says that in order to avoid “falling into an abyss” the authorities must embark on “comprehensive political reforms” and hold pre-term parliamentary elections.
Samvel Babayan, the former military leader of Nagorno-Karabakh, comments on the same subject in an interview with “Hayots Ashkhar.” “It is impossible to neutralize the people’s discontent by forming governing coalitions and bringing together various political forces and individuals,” he says. “You can’t create political stability and address existing problems even by arresting individuals who took extreme actions. I find it necessary for healthy political forces to consolidate and form an opposition camp espousing national-liberal ideas.” Babayan indicates that he does not consider Levon Ter-Petrosian and his political allies to be such a force.
“Zhamanak Yerevan” claims that Robert Kocharian may still be appointed prime minister after Serzh Sarkisian’s inauguration. The opposition paper says there would be no lack of government clients welcoming such an appointment.
“Taregir” speculates that Azerbaijan has strengthened its bargaining position in Karabakh peace talks as evidenced by President Ilham Aliev’s refusal to meet Serzh Sarkisian on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Bucharest. “If Armenia wants to resume the normal course of negotiations, then, no matter how unpleasant that may be, it will have to be more conciliatory than it has been before,” says the paper. “Assuming, of course, that Serzh Sarkisian does not want to start a second Karabakh war.” It says only a “legitimate” president of Armenia can reverse this allegedly negative trend. “A single normal electoral process [in Armenia] would give Karabakh more than several [army] divisions,” concludes “Taregir.”
According to “Haykakan Zhamanak,” the existence of economic monopolies is the number problem facing the Armenian economy. “In Armenia, the monopoly on having a monopoly belongs to a handful of businessmen,” says the paper.