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“It is obvious that the authority is much more scared of the people’s fury than the Council of Europe,” writes “Haykakan Zhamanak.” “They are ready to ignore the demands of the Council of Parliamentary Assembly resolution in order to avoid popular protests. And that is very good. That means the people are now the number one political factor. That means the people will have its government in the very near future.”

“You may or may not agree with the election results, but the reality is that Serzh Sarkisian, rather than Levon Ter-Petrosian, sits in the presidential palace,” political analyst Aleksandr Iskandarian tells “Hayots Ashkhar.” “This means that the opposition has depleted itself and a new opposition needs to be created. They have to do coordinated work, create regional structures, find sources of funding and participate in local elections, even if they believe they will lose. Forces supporting Levon Ter-Petrosian do not seem to be prepared for that.”

“Although former President Robert Kocharian publicly stated that the upcoming trials [of arrested opposition members] will strongly disappoint citizens of Armenia because they will show how criminal the arrested persons are, he has again proved to be wrong,” writes “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun.” “Following the judicial processes taking place in our country, one can say for certain that they simply fabricated cases against those people and are still unable to bring them to an incriminating end.”

“Ironically, Serzh Sarkisian has become also responsible for the monstrous system of falsifications that was created during the rule of his main political rival, Levon Ter-Petrosian,” Ruben Hakobian, a former senior member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), tells “Aravot.” “Of course that system was quite tempting and the current president too lacked the immunity to resist that temptation.” Hakobian believes that the only way to end Armenia’s political crisis is to hold pre-term presidential and parliamentary elections some time next year.

“Zhamanak Yerevan” continues to ask questions regarding the official version of the March 1 events. The paper wonders in particular if protesters camped in Yerevan’s Liberty Square were given a chance to surrender themselves to the police. “Were women and children wounded in the March 1 operation?” it asks. “Were they identified and did the police clarify in which circumstances they were injured? … Did the families of those killed on March 1 get any assistance from the authorities or the authorities think that they are also state criminals?”

(Armen Dulian)
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