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“Serzh Sarkisian has two options,” writes “Zhamanak Yerevan.” “Either he comes to terms with working as president in the shadow of Robert Kocharian … or to honestly and audaciously display what has taken place in the country for the past ten years and present all that to public judgment. Of course that is extremely difficult to do for Serzh Sarkisian because he has had a de facto, if not de jure, great involvement in the events of the last ten years. But giving the public honest answers in connection with that would at least enable Serzh Sarkisian to quit in a dignified manner.”

“Representatives of the political middle class realize that the last presidential elections were rigged,” editorializes “Aravot.” “But they also acknowledge that the results of all other elections held since 1995 were just as fraudulent. They also realize that there are presently several dozen people who have been jailed for engaging in political activities or expressing a political view. They also agree that the authorities are to blame for the victims of March 1. But those people are not ready to jump on barricades, to constantly use the term ‘kleptocracy’ and to assert that those who do not think and act like they do are agents of Serzh.”

“Levon Ter-Petrosian and his supporters are doing everything to turn trials related to the March 1 riots into [political] shows and to bestow the status of political prisoner to individuals charged in those cases,” writes “Hayots Ashkhar.” The paper says they are exerting pressure on prosecutors, witnesses and judges. “They have long learned that the best form of defense is attack,” it says.

“Haykakan Zhamanak” says a large part of Armenia’s Gross Domestic Product is created by cash remittance sent home by hundred of thousands of Armenians working abroad. “Armenia has fallen into a vicious circle from which it can hardly get out under these authorities,” says the paper.

“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” hits out at Gyumri Mayor Vartan Ghukasian for stating that he will stand in an upcoming mayoral election because he has “spilled blood for this city.” “If we are guided by this logic, Vartan Ghukasian must take part in the election of Gyumri mayor together with his family,” comments the paper. “Because as far as we remember, his relatives too spill blood from time to time. If not for that city, but at least on its streets.”

(Armen Dulian)
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