(Saturday, July 19)
According to “Azg,” President Serzh Sarkisian will have to “overcome the ambitions” of not only Levon Ter-Petrosian but also his precedessor Robert Kocharian. “With all its good and bad things, Kocharian’s era is over,” says the paper. “He had better do something else and harbor no hopes for a comeback. As for Levon Ter-Petrosian, the leader of the radical opposition is now going out of his way to make up new exclusives and keep public interest in himself alive.” It says Sarkisian’s hands remained tied by the fallout from the presidential election.
For “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun,” summing up Sarkisian’s 100 days in power is an “absolutely meaningless exercise. “Before the people can believe in the president’s statement, they must believe that he is a president,” explains the opposition paper.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” various commentaries on the new Armenian president’s 100-day milestone are part of a government PR campaign aimed at telling the public, ‘Let’s give Serzh Sarkisian a chance.” “Giving Serzh a chance means leaving the citizen without a chance to free themselves of periodical pillaging by [government-linked thungs with] shaven heads,” claims the paper.
“He (Serzh Sarkisian) is a kind, friend-loving and simple person,” Vahan Hovannisian, a leader of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), tells “Aravot.” “But I don’t think it right to discuss personal traits. He is a president in the first instance and only then a human being.”
“Golos Armenii” says post-election political tensions in Armenia are steadily easing along with a decline of the “revanchist movement” led by Ter-Petrosian. The pro-presidential paper says Ter-Petrosian and his associates no longer have total control of the opposition camp. “New players could become active in this field soon,” it says, adding that the Ter-Petrosian camp is seriously worried about that.
“Hayots Ashkhar” carries an interview with Khosrov Harutiunian, a pro-government politician coordinating the formation of President Sarkisian’s Public Council. “Members of the Public Council must be skilled and experienced persons with rich backgrounds and merits,” he says. “The Public Council must primarily enjoy the public’s trust but it is important that the council be trusted by the president as well,” he adds.
Writing in “Zhamanak Yerevan,” Vartan Hartutiunian, a pro-opposition human rights campaigner, deplores an “atmosphere of lawlessness” which he believes is reigning in the country. “It is possible to prosecute an innocent person, to give false testimony, to kill, to steal, to do anything,” he says, singling out Armenian courts and their “spineless” judges for blame. “Unlike everyone else, they can’t say they carried out a [government] order,” Harutiunian says of the judges.