“Hayots Ashkhar” notes that not a single Armenian minister has been dismissed over the growing economic problems facing the country. “And yet many of them are obviously not fit to operate in the new conditions,” says the pro-establishment paper. “Others need to be appointed in the conditions of the crisis. As long as you cough, you are treated by a therapist. But if a gangrene has started, you need a surgeon. Therapist can not perform a surgery.”
Vartan Bostanjian, an economist and parliament deputy from the pro-government Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK), tells “Aravot” the economic difficulties confronting Armenia will increasingly resemble those experienced by the country in the 1990s. Bostanjian believes the Armenian government should go to great lengths to avert “social upheavals” which he says could lead to “unpredictable consequences.” “Whether we like it or not, we realize that there is a panicky situation in the republic and that you can’t calm the population by any means,” he says. “I think this is fraught with consequences. And as a citizen of our country, I wouldn’t want the consequences to be awful.”
“Hraparak” comments on Gagik Beglarian’s appointment as Yerevan mayor. The paper says that Beglarian’s political career began in 2002 when he was elected mayor of the city’s Kentron district by “using force and money.” “Today we are reaping the fruits of our choice made in 2002,” it says. “At that time we, the Yerevan residents, digested and came to terms with this reality, paving Beglarian’s way to the post of Yerevan mayor.”
“Zhamanak” draws parallels between the political systems of Armenia and Russia. “Authoritarian, oligarchic and criminal systems have their laws that are probably not comprehensible to ordinary mortals but ensure the stability of those regimes,” writes the paper. It says that in both Armenia and Russia there are lingering questions about who actually runs the country.