“Golos Armenii” looks at President Serzh Sarkisian’s first 100 days in power, finding no blunders and listing a number of positive achievements. “It is definitely hard to predict what Sarkisian will do in the future,” says the paper. “His intentions are not yet clear. What is more important for him? To improve the mechanism for statehood or to solidify his hold on power? … It is evident that the people want change and stability, hoping that justice will prevail.” Sarkisian should live up to these expectations, it says.
“Let nobody think that we don’t sleep at night and think about how to respond to Levon Ter-Petrosian,” Eduard Sharmazanov, a spokesman for the governing Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), tells “Aravot.” “We got the people’s vote of confidence and must deliver on our promises given to the public.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” says that Levon Ter-Petrosian and his opposition allies are continuing to wage a “war” against “all those who are not with them.” The paper says “peacemakers” like the Council of Europe are responsible for that with their threats to impose sanctions on Yerevan.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” says the Armenian authorities have failed to create a supposedly opposition “third force” that would dilute popular support for Ter-Petrosian. The paper says such a force has not come into existence because the leaders of nominally opposition parties at odds with Ter-Petrosian discredited themselves during the presidential race.
“Hayots Ashkhar” believes that Armenian governments have never made “serious attempts rein in corruption” “True, a certain activation of the fight [against corruption] was observed from time to time but things eventually calmed down,” says the paper. This is so, it says, because the authorities thought about how to tackle the problem only after announcing anti-corruption campaigns.
Petros Makeyan, one of the prominent opposition members arrested following the February 19 presidential election, describes himself as a political “hostage” in an interview with “Zhamanak Yerevan.” Makeyan says the authorities have moved to “seize” the Yerevan headquarters of his Democratic Fatherland Party.