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“Haykakan Zhamanak” asserts that “today Europeans are facing a daunting task of giving the final assessment to the February 19 presidential election in Armenia.”

“On February 20, they rushed to state that the February 19 vote in Armenia had been held mostly in line with Armenia’s commitments to the OSCE and the Council of Europe and the standards of these organizations. And today, after the post-election developments, after the tragic events of March 1, after citizens of Armenia who had fought for their votes and rights to live as freemen shed blood the Europeans are desperate to find a way to quit the awkward situation they had put themselves in after making their [original] statement.”

“Zhamanak Yerevan” quotes the newly appointed Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian as saying that “we have nothing to hide from our citizens and our approach will be to present the truth to our citizens. It will be up to our citizens to judge whether it will be a populist approach or not.”

And the newspaper provides its commentary: “It is surprising that Tigran Sarkisian has begun to show that he cares and uses the pronoun ‘our’ in addressing citizens into whose pockets he had been digging for years on end and whose impoverishment he had been speeding up through arbitrary fluctuations of the dollar-dram exchange rate. So, it will take titanic efforts from the citizens filled with mistrust towards the authorities to rely on the ‘honesty’ of the new prime minister, let alone trusting him.”

“Azg” makes a point that the lawmakers who have said that Tigran Sarkisian is not up to prime minister’s job because he is not “an authority” logically should have been proponents of a prime minister who gives priority to knowledge and programs and should have rejected appointments of ‘authoritative people’. “We are sick and tired of ‘authoritative people’,” the paper concludes.

“Aravot” writes that Gyumri mayor Vartan Ghukasian’s not attending the inauguration of President-elect Serzh Sarkisian has become “the talk of the city” giving rise to speculations as to why he was absent from the event.

“News was even spread that the mayor had not been invited at all,” the daily writes. It adds citing its well-informed sources at [Gyumri’s] municipality that only one invitation card had been sent for the whole municipality: “According to Gyumri’s officials, it diplomatically means: ‘We invite you, but your presence is not that pleasant.’ That is, with this gesture, the new president, Serzh Sarkisian, made it clear to Vartan Ghukasian that he stands no chance of being reelected as mayor in the future elections.”

(Armen Dulian)
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