“If you are not in government, you are in opposition,” former parliament speaker Tigran Torosian tells “Aravot.” The paper notes that his voting record in the National Assembly has not been very different from that of a typical opposition parliamentarian of late. “I only vote as Tigran Torosian and am not obliged to find compromise solutions anymore,” explains the ex-speaker.
“Hayots Ashkhar” says senior members of the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) are keenly awaiting their leader Levon Ter-Petrosian’s decision on whether to participate in the new inquiry into the March 1 clashes in Yerevan. “To avoid finally disgracing himself before the Council of Europe, Levon Ter-Petrosian is trying to find some optimal solutions,” says the paper. “Speaking out against his own demand would be simply illogical. He will likely make a positive decision to show the Europeans that they too want to do useful work. Now is the time to create such an illusion. But it is possible that he will recall his representative from the fact-finding group with all the accumulated information.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that a group of senior members of the HAK have issued statements demanding that they too be prosecuted as part of the single criminal case brought against seven opposition leaders arrested following the March 1 unrest.
“Today Russia is prepared to give Azerbaijan much more in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict than the West is,” opposition leader David Shahnazarian says in the second part of his interview with “Zhamanak Yerevan.” Shahnazarian says Russia regards Armenia and Azerbaijan as a “lever to put pressure on Azerbaijan.” “Russia is trying to lose less than possible on its terms, guided by its interests and a desire to gain leverage against Azerbaijan,” he says, adding that Karabakh peace would significantly reduce Russian presence in the region.
Lragir.am predicts that law-enforcement authorities “will do everything” to clear a nephew of President Serzh Sarkisian over a weekend mass brawl in a Yerevan night club. The online publication says the authorities will say that he had no part in the incident and accuse the “yellow press” of spreading lies. “It is also possible that one or two persons will be symbolically punished in connection with the incident,” it says. “After all, a young man was left disabled [in the fight.]”