“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” wonders why the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) is persisting with its street protests after the authorities made clear that the Turkish-Armenian protocols can not be amended before being signed. “This is not the only oddity,” says the paper. “The thing is that Dashnaktsutyun is now busy not so much dealing with those protocols as promoting its own opposition posture … The impression is such that Dashnaktsutyun is simply using the Turkish-Armenian protocols to make people forget its decade-long proximity to the government trough.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” says that the Armenian opposition will fail to mount a serious challenge to the government this fall because lacks a sufficient number of supporters who are in a “revolutionary mood” and ready to take to the streets. “There will be no heated political autumn this year as well,” says the paper. “There are no sufficient prerequisites for that.”
“Aravot” sees striking similarities between President Serzh Sarkisian’s current policy toward Turkey and the broader region and the foreign policy pursued by Levon Ter-Petrosian during his presidency. The paper says that some members of Ter-Petrosian’s Armenian National Congress (HAK) are now opposed to that policy. “On the one hand, Levon Ter-Petrosian now cannot fall into the embrace of hatred and illusions -- that would contradict his principles. On the other hand, he cannot say that the current authorities are right on this issue because he is an opposition leader,” it says, expecting the ex-president to chart “some middle course” at a rally on Friday.
“Hraparak” condemns the revocation of the mandates of three opposition parliamentarians sentenced in connection with the March 2008 unrest, while acknowledging that the measure stemmed from “the letter of the law.” “But who doubts that those sentences came as a result of political repressions and have nothing to do with the rule of law?” asks the paper. “If the letter and spirit of the law were honored then two-thirds of the National Assembly members would have long been stripped of their mandates for violating Article 65 of the constitution.” The article bans parliament deputies from doing business and other paid work.
“Kapital” sees signs of growing competition in Armenia’s “wholesale Internet market.” “Whereas provision of wholesale Internet services was until now concentrated in the hands of two companies, ArmenTel and Fibernet, a new player, the GNC Alfa company, will enter the market within the next month,” reports the business daily. “This gives us reason to hope that the Internet will finally be accessible all over Armenia and [Internet] fees will fall to reasonable levels.”