“Aravot” editorializes that the Armenian National Congress’s and the Zharangutyun party’s separate participation in the May 31 elections will make it harder for the authorities to win control of the municipal assembly. But, says the papers, HAK leaders still hope to pressurize Zharangutyun and its top leader Raffi Hovannisian into joining them.
“The opposition led by Levon Ter-Petrosian now wants to seize power by all means,” psychologist Albert Nalchajian tells “Hayots Ashkhar.” “That is their key goal and they will take various steps to achieve it. They are acting in a quite cunning way. The thing is that a small country like Armenia has an artificially bloated capital where having an elected mayor means controlling half of the government … Therefore, opposition control of the post of mayor would be dangerous for the authorities.”
Lragir.am comments on President Serzh Sarkisian’s second meeting with leaders of the country’s political parties scheduled for Friday. It says such meetings hardly boost public trust in the government. The online journal argues that party leaders attending them support Sarkisian and his dialogue with them is therefore meaningless.
“Zhamanak” reports that parliament speaker Hovik Abrahamian has instructed leaders of the pro-government factions in the National Assembly to ensure strong attendance of parliament sessions. The paper says he told them that faction members should take turns in attending parliament debates. It says faction leaders complain that they are unable to do that.
Citing Azerbaijani media, “Azg” reports that Turkey’s ambassador in Baku, Hulusi Kilic, has said that the Turkish government has not changed its policy toward Azerbaijan. “We inform the Azerbaijani side about all of our negotiations with Armenia,” he said, commenting on the possible opening of the Turkish-Armenian border. “Turkey will not take steps going against Azerbaijan’s interests,” he added.