Political pundit Aleksandr Iskandarian tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that the political situation in Armenia is unstable because “the balance of forces within the government does not correspond to the status quo existing in the society.” “A large part of the population voted for the opposition, candidates who acted with opposition slogans,” says Iskandarian.
“Taregir” says Sunday’s opposition rally in Yerevan sent a “very serious signal” to Armenia’s rulers and marked the start of a “new phase of the popular struggle” for leadership change in the country. “The demonstration was a brilliant indication that our society has no common future with those who antagonized it, burned all bridges of trust and seized power by force one year ago,” says the opposition paper. “If the latter are not prudent enough to reckon with these realities, then the Armenian people are dealing with adventurists that claim to be insane.”
“Golos Armenii” reports on Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian’s visit to Moscow during which he discussed the impending release of a $500 million Russian loan to Armenia. Sarkisian is quoted as saying in the Russian capital that the assistance will help his country overcome the global crisis. The paper says it is very important that ordinary Russians understand that the promised loan is “not humanitarian aid to a poor Armenian state but a mutually beneficial deal between partners.” “So in this sense, the statements by Armenia’s prime minister are more than timely,” it says.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” says that the bulk of Armenian demand in the U.S. dollar comes from large-scale importers of commodities and goods as well as the mainly Russian-owned utility companies. The opposition daily claims that the latter are keen to buy dollars in Armenia on the cheap and transfer them to Russia.
Lragir.am comments scathingly on President Serzh Sarkisian’s meeting last week with the top clerics of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Sarkisian told them that the state structures can hardly have a “more experienced and influential ally” than the church. “Whom will that ally of state structures influence?” asks the online journal. “How will it influence? Will critics of state structures now be branded not only as color revolutionaries, enemies of the state and foreign spies but also heretics, apostates and devil worshippers?”