(Saturday, April 5)
“Azg” says that the March 1 tragedy in Yerevan has left Armenia in a “political, ideological and moral crisis.” “The reason for such political developments is a lack of faith and ideas and the absence of a real political field,” writes the paper, saying that both the current and former rulers of the country are to blame for that. It says President Robert Kocharian and his team “inherited a corrupt system” from Levon Ter-Petrosian’s administration and have “modernized” it over the past decade.
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” says the best way solve Armenia’s post-election crisis is to hold snap parliamentary elections. “Not only does the current parliament not reflect the correlation of Armenia’s political forces but has nothing to do with politics,” says the paper. “The parliament is now just a building where there are nicknamed people who speak bad Armenian and press some buttons from time to time.”
Interviewed by “Hayots Ashkhar,” the former commander of the Karabakh Armenian army, Samvel Babayan, berates fellow veterans of the war with Azerbaijan for supporting Ter-Petrosian’s presidential bid. Babayan says that Ter-Petrosian has not reconsidered his conciliatory views on the Karabakh conflict. “It was obvious that some people will lose their jobs,” he says, apparently referring to the leadership of the Yerkrapah Union. “During the pre-election period they were trying to secure their jobs for another five years by means of a blackmail. Others simply went to Levon Ter-Petrosian because he promised anything.”
According to “Zhamanak Yerevan,” a good thing about the post-election unrest is that the “public has found out who is who in this country and who it is.” It will be extremely hard for the ruling regime to force such public into submission, claims the opposition paper.
“168 Zham” says that it is the opposition leaders remaining at large, and not those under arrest, who must start hunger strikes in protest against the continuing government crackdown on the Armenian opposition. “A hunger strike may be a serious means of struggle if it is declared by leaders of the [Ter-Petrosian’s] movement,” writes the paper. “They would thereby express moral support for those kept in various prisons.”