“Azg” believes that the latest rumors about Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian’s resignation may have been spread by both opposition and government circles. The paper says there are individuals in the government camp who are unhappy with Sarkisian and/or keen to replace him as prime minister. It says the purpose of their “psychological attack” is to weaken and undermine him. “However, the prime minister is also aware of these techniques. So he, clearly knowing the real purpose of those who use these techniques, should calmly continue his day-to-day work.”
“It is evident that there are serious grounds for the circulated rumors,” disagrees “Hayk.” “Otherwise, the regime would not have made additional efforts to refute the rumors. On the one hand, it is clear that Serzh Sarkisian needs Tigran Sarkisian to occupy the post of prime minister for now. He understands that sacrificing a figure like Sarkisian today would not benefit him.” But, says the opposition daily, the prime minister finds it increasingly hard to deal with and bear responsibility for the deepening economic crisis without wielding the real levers of power.
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” attacks President Sarkisian for not even commenting on the March 3 fall of the Armenian dram. “He can only spread rumors about the government’s resignation and then refute them,” says the paper, accusing the president of dodging responsibility for the economic situation.
Lragir.am recalls that Serzh Sarkisian promised to regularly address the nation when he delivered a speech in the National Assembly in October. “More than five months have passed since his first address,” it says. “Many major and minor events have taken place in the world and in the country during that time, suggesting that the president should have come up with a new address to the public.” The online paper believes that Sarkisian should now publicly state what exactly his administration plans to do in order to ease economic hardships. “The presidential address must contain not only information but energy and instill in the population confidence in the future and the messages sent by him,” it says. “The authorities probably can’t believe in what they are saying now and can’t loudly say what they believe in.”
Hrayr Karapetian, a deputy parliament speaker and a leader of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), tells “Aravot” that there is nothing extraordinary about the Armenian governing parties not joining forces to contest the May 31 municipal elections in Yerevan. Karapetian argues that the power-sharing agreement signed by them a year ago did not envisage their joint participation in local elections.