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“Haykakan Zhamanak” dismisses pro-government politicians’ assertions that the May 31 elections in Yerevan must not be “politicized.” The paper says that even the elections of a public school director is political in Armenia. “If they are not political, then why is it that the vast majority of school directors in the republic are either members of the ruling party or an integral part of the regime’s electoral or, more precisely, vote-rigging machine?” it says.

“What values are the kids emerging from these schools carrying?” continues “Haykakan Zhamanak.” “They probably know better than anyone else that the post of school director is a quiet haven for the wives and, more often, mistresses of high-ranking officials.”

Lragir.am says that an opposition victory in the municipal elections would dramatically change the balance of forces in Armenia’s government. “Even assuming that the Yerevan government will mainly have functions like garbage collection or tree planting, the situation will radically change in the country if an opposition force starts collecting trash in what is half of the country,” says the online publication. “After all, the authorities and the opposition may have different and even radically different views on trash.”

“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” slams the Council of Europe for taking no punitive action against the Armenian authorities despite the continuing arrest of dozens of opposition members and a tight government grip on the airwaves. The paper points to deadlines repeatedly set by the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) for Yerevan’s compliance with its three resolutions on Armenia. It says the amendments to the Armenian Criminal Code welcomed by PACE officials have had no impact on the fate of the “political prisoners.” “And yet the Europeans are saying that progress is even more evident now,” it says. “In short, the impression is that the PACE co-rapporteurs [on Armenia] are doing everything to be fooled.”

“Hayots Ashkhar” carries an interview with Khosrov Harutiunian, a pro-government politician and member of President Serzh Sarkisian’s Public Council. Harutiunian says the council plans to set up 12 commissions dealing with “the main spheres of life.” “Any non-governmental organization active in one or another sphere can nominate one member to each commission,” he says.

“Kapital” quotes Russian Finance Minister Alexey Kudrin as saying that his counterparts from other Commonwealth of Independent States nations have largely approved anti-crisis measures which Russia will propose during this week’s G20 summit in London. “The CIS countries have agreed on the coordination of anti-crisis measures. Russia’s macroeconomic policy affects CIS countries as well. That is why regional countries coordinate their economic policies with Russia.”

(Aghasi Yenokian)
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