“Hayots Ashkhar” publishes more excerpts from what it presents as a report on the election-related developments in Armenia which was published by a Moscow-based think-tank. Citing its unnamed experts, the paper says Levon Ter-Petrosian’s main goal was to “weaken Armenia’s statehood and positions in the international arena.” “To the dismay of Ter-Petrosian, he failed to secure an extremely negative evaluation of the election [by Western observers] even after vote recounts conducted on an unprecedented scale,” says the report. “When congratulatory letters addressed to the newly elected president began pouring in, it became obvious that the world has no intention to accuse the Armenian authorities of fraud. Thus, the path of peacefully discrediting the authorities closed for Ter-Petrosian.”
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” dismisses the report, wondering whether the think-tank in question exists at all. “As a rule, such exotic centers work under the aegis of Russian special services,” says the opposition paper. “The public understands what forces the regime to intermittently call Levon Ter-Petrosian a mason, a KGB agent, an American spy or a expert on mass hypnosis. The regime is forced by fear.”
“The regime faces a dilemma,” Aram Karapetian, the arrested leader of the opposition Nor Zhamanakner Party, tells “Aravot.” “Either to try to create a dictatorship … or start a dialogue with the real opposition. I think you too see that half-measures are being taken right now. This is their work style. Robert Kocharian tried to solve all issues with repressive [Communist] party methods. Serzh Sarkisian has not carried out any radical reform so far.” A dialogue between the government and the Ter-Petrosian-led opposition is impossible in these circumstances, says Karapetian.
“168 Zham” comments scathingly on Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian’s speeches during parliament debates on his cabinet’s policy program. “Almost all of Tigran Sarkisian’s speeches and explanations did not help and only made it harder for one to understand what is written in the government program,” says the paper. “First of all, because the prime minister speaks a very idiosyncratic Armenian. For example, he says that the new government’s programs are ‘ambitious.’ All dictionaries of the modern Armenian language give the adjective ‘ambitious’ negative connotations.” The paper says Sarkisian also used a hitherto unknown Armenian word meaning reform.