“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian made his first public appearance since the March 1 unrest on Thursday when he visited the National Pantheon in Yerevan to lay flowers at the grave of the late Karen Demirchian. The paper says opposition supporters who also marked on Demirchian’s 76th birth anniversary there greeted Ter-Petrosian with “Levon!” chants.
“Aravot” believes that both the Armenian government and the opposition are unhappy with the resolution on the post-election situation Armenia that was passed by the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly on Thursday. “The propaganda machines of the two sides will emphasize those points of the document that are beneficial for them,” comments the paper. “The opposition will note with satisfaction that the resolution calls for the release of detained or arrested politicians, an independent investigation into the events of March 1, amendments to the law banning rallies and demonstrations and so on. For its part, the authority will stress the fact that the resolution calls on the opposition to recognize the Constitutional Court ruling affirming the presidential election results. It can also be said for certain that the parties will not be complying with the PACE recommendations.”
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” says that what has happened in Armenia in recent months is not a classical “political struggle.” “If that was the case the situation would calm down the day after the [presidential] elections,” explains the paper. “The parties would congratulate each other and prepare for the next elections. But the reality is that as a rule, governments in Armenia are formed not as a result of political struggle and elections. Quite the opposite happens here. At first, someone takes power somehow and then formalizes that power by means of elections.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” dismisses Ter-Petrosian’s recent remark that “the human being and his freedom is above the state.” The paper says Ter-Petrosian himself restricted that freedom, cracked down on dissent and broke laws when he was in power. It says “any alternative manifestation” was deemed illegal during his presidency.
“Hayk” reports that Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian instructed cabinet members on Friday to have President Serzh Sarkisian’s campaign platform and policy program on their desks and be guided only by those documents. “There was no word about the coalition memorandum,” says the opposition paper. “He probably forgot that he is heading a coalition government.” It says this shows that the power-sharing agreement signed by Sarkisian and the leaders of the Dashnaktsutyun, Prosperous Armenia and Orinats Yerkir parties is just a piece of paper.