“Haykakan Zhamanak” challenges Armenia’s economic statistics and writes: “The whole world is in an economic crisis but Armenia doesn’t care a bit. Official statistics continues to post a double-digit economic growth and television keeps airing stories of our ‘unprecedented successes’. In one word, Armenia is an island that is not affected by world economic crises.”
“Hraparak” writes: “Introducing the newly appointed Chairman of the Court of Cassation yesterday, President Serzh Sarkisian made an excellent speech, saying: “I will do everything for courts in our country to be independent and for judges to be unbiased.”
The paper comments: “It is not a secret to anyone that there is one circumstance that stands in the way of the establishment of an independent and unbiased judiciary in our country – the political order that courts receive from different circles of the executive. A judge who obeys the order gets a sort of indulgence to earn money in some other cases. Thus, our courts use two principles in their work: making money and blindly obeying orders coming from above.”
“Hayk” writes on the same subject: “It is clear that Serzh Sarkisian makes these statements only to create an imitation and sound pleasant for the public. But if indeed he has decided to fight arbitrariness and impunity, the first thing that must be done is to ensure the release of all political prisoners. The fabricated charges against political detainees must be dropped and true justice must come to replace the shows that are now called legal trials.”
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” defines: “Armenia has a punitive division rather than a judicial system.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” suggests that “many were dissatisfied with the activities of former chairman of the Court of Cassation Hovannes Manukian and that dissatisfaction was not devoid of grounds.”
Presenting a number of negative examples of Manukian’s activities, the paper writes: “According to reliable information that has reached us, Hovannes Manukian has lived a dissolute life, which is also unbecoming of a judge.”
The same paper carries an analysis by political analyst Alexander Iskandarian, who says that “if the opposition fails to create a powerful tide of confrontation, which does not seem likely, everything will be as it is always in such cases – there will be groups of people who criticize the authorities, unite in one common network, continue to oppose the regime, but their potential will not be enough to make a revolution.”
“Moreover, their number will keep decreasing and they won’t be able to do more than they have managed to do so far,” Iskandarian concludes.
“Aravot” predicts in its editorial that the current opposition will have an active participation in the next parliamentary elections and will achieve considerable successes.
“This, of course, will increase the standing of the National Assembly as a serious political body. But it will be an inadmissible luxury to idle for three years and a half.”
In an interview with the same paper, former deputy parliament speaker Albert Bazeyan advises the government and the opposition to find some common ground for cooperation. He explains: “Because even if pre-term elections are held today, there is no guarantee that they will be fair elections.”