“Azg” reports that contrary to expectations, President Serzh Sarkisian failed to mention the post-election developments, let alone pardon jailed opposition activists, in his speech in parliament on Thursday. “The president skirted that issue,” says the paper. “But in general, the president’s speech was wide-ranging and contained references to many issues.”
“Iravunk – De Facto” says the speech failed to live up to its expectations. “In this case as well, [Robert] Kocharian and his hurt entourage worked gloriously and tried to kill the anticipated charm of the address,” claims the paper. It points to Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian’s Wednesday remark that he will be very happy if Sarkisian announces a general amnesty for the jailed oppositionists. “Right from that moment it became obvious that the address will say nothing about the amnesty. The Kocharianites could not have been unaware of that for the simple reason that most members of [the former president’s] staff still work for Serzh Sarkisian.”
“Sarkisian’s speech was quite witty,” “Taregir” writes tartly. The opposition paper points to Sarkisian’s stern warning to unnamed individuals who feel that they can “solve matters with the power of their hands.”
According to Lragir.am, the speech showed that “Serzh Sarkisian is still not prepared for many, many things.” “He is not prepared to have a substantive conversation with the public, to talk about concrete topics,” says the electronic paper. “Except, of course, traffic rules, the Beijing Olympics, student Olympiads, boys’ and girls’ strolls in the forest.”
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” says Sarkisian failed to discuss any of the serious challenges facing Armenia and its government. “Those present in the parliament audience looked at each other in amazement, thinking that Serzh Sarkisian took doping drugs before the speech,” says the opposition paper.
For “Iravunk,” Sarkisian’s speech was a “warning issued to the oligarchs.” “It is possible that the process of the eradication of the practice of private bodyguards will get underway soon,” says the paper.
“The president’s address is an unprecedented phenomenon in the modern history of our country,” Eduard Sharmazanov, the spokesman for the governing Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), tells “Hayots Ashkhar.” “This proves that for the president of the country, the unity and solidarity of the people … is the main aim.”