“Hayastani Hanrapetutyun” says “stability” is one of the main achievements of Robert Kocharian’s ten-year presidency. “Of course, during that ten-year period there have also been serious blows directed against the country’s development and internal stability,” writes the government-funded paper, pointing to the October 1999 parliament killings and the March 2008 unrest in Yerevan. It says Kocharian deserves credit for limiting the impact of those events on the country.
“Aravot” editorializes that Serzh Sarkisian is taking over as Armenia’s new president in “extremely difficult and unfavorable conditions.” “On March 1 force was used against protesters,” says the paper. “There was bloodshed. Several dozen people, most of them politicians, are in jail. There are hardly any Armenian citizens who believe that those politicians are criminals. Obviously, Robert Kocharian is primarily responsible for this and many other things. But it is clear that from now on it is the third president who must look for ways out of the situation.” Sarkisian can not continue Kocharian’s policies, concludes the paper.
“Hayots Ashkhar” urges supporters and opponents of Sarkisian to wait for 100 days before assessing his policies. “During this period, the government must work not by constantly looking back but thinking about the future,” comments the paper. “The opposition is free to explore his every step so that it can give its assessments tomorrow. All foreign partners of our country must see that Armenia is healing its wounds and again becoming a reliable partner with whom they can not only continue old programs but also come up with new cooperation projects.”
“Zhamanak Yerevan” analyzes the impending appointment of Tigran Sarkisian as Armenia’s prime minister. The paper says that having managed the Armenian Central Bank for the past ten years, Sarkisian is “almost fully informed about financial transactions” carried out in the country. “He who controls the flow of money also controls the activities of its masters,” it says. “But the question is whom he will serve with this knowledge and status.”