“Aravot” carries an editorial on President Serzh Sarkisian’s first 100 days in power. “What could he have done but has failed to do in 100 days? [He has failed] to release all political prisoners, to punish those -- and murderers in the first instance -- who used force against the people,” writes the paper. “Justifications that that is supposed to be done by the prosecutor’s office, the Special Investigative Service and courts are not convincing in Armenia’s case.” Having said that, continues the paper, Sarkisian has also taken some “positive steps” since taking office on April 9. “Steps have been taken to improve the work of tax and customs bodies and the police. There is a sphere where Serzh Sarkisian’s approach must definitely be welcomed. That is his desire to improve relations with Turkey.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” also tries to sum up Sarkisian’s track record in the political and economic spheres and progress he has made in delivering on his election campaign pledges.
“What did Levon Ter-Petrosian promise?” writes “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun.” “A fight against corruption, the establishment of law and order and a normalization of Turkish-Armenian relations. And what is Serzh Sarkisian doing? For 100 days he has pretended to be taking those steps [promised by Ter-Petrosian.]”
“We can conclude that the leader of the Republican Party (Serzh Sarkisian) did not assume the post of chairman of the Armenian Chess Federation in the past for nothing,” comments “Iravunk.” “He has really managed to play a chess game that started from a fairly difficult position and progressed into a relatively beneficial position.” The paper says when Sarkisian was sworn in Armenia’s new president he was not strong enough to throw out his predecessor Robert Kocharian’s loyalists of the government and to take on tax-evading oligarchs. “Any miscalculated step could have added more destabilizing factors to the ‘orange forces’ rallying around Ter-Petrosian with all the resulting unpredictable consequences. But in the past 100 days the president of the Republic of Armenia has managed to change the situation quite significantly.”
According to “Hayastani Hanrapetutyun,” of all three presidents of post-Soviet Armenia Serzh Sarkisian had the most difficult start “in terms of the psychological state of society.” The government paper says Sarkisian is now under pressure to “further increase the factor of public trust.” “It is impossible to sort out all problems, solve all issues within 100 days,” it says.