“Hraparak” writes that on Tuesday the Armenian public received the news of two major resignations. “It is not every day that we witness the resignations of the chairmen of the National Assembly and the Court of Cassation,” the paper writes. “This is, in fact, evidence of a deep crisis in the country, a crisis that has penetrated all spheres.”
“Aravot” writes: “When Tigran Torosian announced his resignation as parliament speaker and also about quitting the party yesterday, he also said that he did not want anyone to feel concerned: “Let them take their 30 pieces of silver and continue their way.”
The daily then presents a comment from opposition member Suren Sureniants: “It was in exchange for the same 30 pieces of silver that Tigran Torosian forgot his imprisoned colleagues. The only difference between him and Hovik Abrahamian is that he is less dear to [President] Serzh Sarkisian.”
“Hayk” writes on the same subject: “Yesterday, Tigran Torosian made a step that may have a considerable influence on further developments in Armenia’s internal politics. President Serzh Sarkisian must have expected Torosian to quickly step down after hearing his order and start begging him for another post. But yesterday Torosian proved that he is a political figure.”
“Serzh Sarkisian surely did not expect Torosian to take that step. We do not exclude that on the very first opportune occasion, even a criminal case may be brought against Torosian and he will be charged with, for instance, embezzling 453 sheets of A3 format paper from the National Assembly,” “Hayk” concludes.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” gives its perspective on the news: “Yesterday, Tigran Torosian spoke about 30 pieces of silver, betrayal and stuff like that. And what did Torosian think when before March 1 he took his ‘30 pieces of silver’ and betrayed his own people? Could he take that and ‘continue his way’? He has now made sure it is impossible.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” carries an interview with Deputy Chairman of the governing Republican Party Razmik Zohrabian, who comments on Torosian’s assertion that ‘behind-the-scenes intrigues’ against him began several months ago and that the meetings of the party’s executive body and board were mere formalities: “It is impossible to consider it a behind-the-scenes intrigue when the party prepares certain personnel reshuffles and in advance discusses their expedience and makes steps to achieve its goals. A new decent post had been offered to Tigran Torosian, but he did not accept that offer, insisting that anything beside the top legislator’s position did not correspond to his virtues. After all, it was the party that won the elections and not any individual and it is up to the party to decide who should be its representative in the parliament’s top leadership.”
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” presents information about the property of senior Republican Party (HHK) member Hovik Abrahamian, who is set to succeed Torosian as parliament speaker: “Not a long time ago the authorities allowed Abrahamian to purchase for pennies a winery in Artashat, which he later sold to one of the contributors to the HHK team, HHK parliamentary faction member Tigran Arzakantsian. Later, he managed to privatize another winery in his native village of Mkhchan. Abrahamian also managed to become the owner of a garment factory and a mechanical plant in Artashat. Almost in all communities of the Ararat province Abrahamian owns privatized lands. All interurban transport routes also belong to Abrahamian. Outside the province, in particular, 5 hectares of land and a large summer cottage in the resort town of Tsaghkadzor are believed to be Abrahamian’s property. And in the capital Yerevan Abrahamian’s property matches the property he has elsewhere in the republic. He owns two multi-apartment residential buildings in a central street of Yerevan near the famous flea-market. Abrahamian also patronizes some of the expanding elite constructions in the capital.”