“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” claims that many pro-government political figures, pundits and observers in Armenia regard thinking as a “something like high treason” and dismiss realistic political analyses as a “severe blow to Armenian statehood.” The opposition paper says this is so because the authorities need a “society that doesn’t think” in order to be able to cling to power.
“Zhamanak” says that President Serzh Sarkisian’s decision to order a renewed inquiry into the March 2008 violence in Yerevan created a “new political situation” in Armenia.” The paper says Sarkisian will now have to make sure that his order is properly executed by law-enforcement bodies. It claims that with his April 22 statement the president implied that he is “no longer Robert Kocharian’s heir.” “Not everyone within the government understands this, but [such an understanding] is only a matter of time,” it says, predicting that Sarkisian and opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian will soon start a dialogue that will lead to snap elections.
Naira Zohrabian, a senior lawmaker from the pro-government Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK), tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that the authorities were always committed to solving the deaths of ten people on March 1-2, 2008. She says Sarkisian’s order can thus only be welcomed. “I don’t consider that a reaction to the ultimatum issued by the [opposition Armenian National] Congress,” claims Zohrabian. She argues that an ad hoc commission of the Armenian already made a similar appeal to prosecutors last year, months before the HAK resumed street protests in Yerevan.
“Yerkir” says that the political and economic situations in Armenia are a fertile ground for “external interference.” The paper says they have also “created real prerequisites for a social upheaval” in the country, which it says are currently exploited by the Armenian National Congress (HAK). “As a result of combination of these two factors, the prospect of pre-term elections could become quite real,” it writes. “For the authorities, this is definitely not a first-choice option. They may still use political and administrative levers to get out of the deadlock. Namely, to make personnel changes, take some steps against corruption and, finally, dismiss the government, making the prime minister a scapegoat. But even this may not be enough.”
“168 Zham” dismisses as “pathetic” the human rights ombudsman Karen Andreasian’s offer to mediate in a dialogue between the government and the HAK. “The problem is that Karen Andreasian takes himself too seriously by thinking that he can solve a problem that has been the main factor behind the political crisis in Armenia for more than three years,” writes the paper.