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“Hraparak” raises the alarm over the Armenian government’s decision on Thursday to given the green light to more redevelopment projects in Yerevan. “There will again expelled families, there will again be suffering people, disputes over the sum [of financial compensation,] judicial proceedings, protests,” says the paper. “That is, something which all of us are fed up with.” It says that only a “small group of persons” are benefiting from these construction projects.

“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” reacts to Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian’s attacks on the Armenian opposition over its criticism of the Armenian government’s handling of the economic fallout from the war in Georgia. Sarkisian pointed out that unlike their Armenian counterparts, opposition forces in Georgia, Russia and the United States rallied around their governments during the conflict. “There was a time when Armenia too was at war,” says the opposition paper. “Tigran Sarkisian was in opposition at the time. It’s interesting to recall how the opposition behaved at the time? The opposition was going out of its way in Liberty Square to demand the hanging of our army’s commander-in-chief.”

“Haykakan Zhamanak” comments on Sarkisian’s threats to fire schoolteachers and university professors engaged in “political propaganda.” “Tigran Sarkisian thereby ordered the dismissal of schoolteachers and professors making no secret of their pro-opposition views,” says the paper. “But if we theoretically assume that Tigran Sarkisian wants to do what he is ordering, that is a step directed against Serzh Sarkisian. The thing is that 99 percent of the school principals are members of pro-government parties and the Republican Party in particular. Most of them chair election commissions. They are the ones who mainly rig elections.”

“Iravunk” blames importers for Armenia’s fuel crisis, suggesting that they are trying to cash in on the war in Georgia. The paper says the government should have intervened to end the “artificial shortages.”

“This crisis once again showed that Armenia lives under some abnormal semi-socialist, semi-feudal, oligarchic-monopolist system,” claims “Haykakan Zhamanak.”

Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian assures “Aravot” that he has no intention to replace his former deputy Manvel Grigorian as chairman of the influential Yerkrapah Union of Nagorno-Karabakh war veterans. “I have never worked against anyone throughout my career,” says Ohanian. “I have always worked for.”

Naira Zohrabian, a parliament deputy from the pro-government Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK), tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that the Armenian opposition has failed to heed Council of Europe calls to accept the official outcome of the February presidential election validated by the Constitutional Court. Zohrabian also slams the opposition for boycotting the parliamentary inquiry into the post-election events and other offers of “dialogue” extended by the government.

“Hayk” reports that leaders of the governing Republican Party keep trying to convince parliament speaker Tigran Torosian to step down and cede his post to Hovik Abrahamian, the chief of President Sarkisian’s staff who has just been elected to the National Assembly. The paper says Torosian has been offered to run the presidential administration or become Armenia’s ambassador to France.

(Hrach Melkumian)
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