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“Aravot” ridicules new guidelines for Armenian broadcasters issued by the regulatory National Commission on Television and Radio (HRAH). “They seem to have been a little bored of doing nothing for eight years and they decided to deal with the holy task of our nation’s ethical upbringing,” editorializes the paper. “In particular, they decided where erotica ends and where pornography starts. Which is more dangerous for public health: not presenting the real picture of, say, the January 10 election or showing pornography? We think the former.”

“How many decades will have to pass before Armenia’s incumbent president finishes fifth in a pool of 18 candidates and trails the current and former prime ministers?” “Hraparak” asks in a commentary on Ukraine’s presidential election. The paper describes the election outcome as a victory for the Ukrainian people, arguing that international observers have described the vote as free and fair.

Speaking to “Hayots Ashkhar,” a deputy chairman of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), Razmik Zohrabian, says he sees no “constructive elements or goals” in the activities of the opposition Armenian National Congress (HHK). “They keep repeating two-year-old calls and provocative and intolerant manifestations,” says Zohrabian. “Fortunately, the HAK is not the only opposition in our country. Dashnaktsutyun’s criticism and demands are understandable to us because they carry constructive elements contributing to the progress of the state.” He says Dashnaktsutyun’s actions make it easier for the Armenian leadership to avoid mistakes in its dealings with Turkey and Azerbaijan.

Lragir.am scoffs at the Dashnaktsutyun leaders’ claims that the authorities and the HAK are trying to drive a wedge between their party and Raffi Hovannisian’s Zharangutyun. “The authorities are definitely not angels, while the Armenian National Congress naturally has its interests and preferences in the case of one or another political force” says the online paper. “And naturally, both the authorities and the Congress will attempt, directly or indirectly, to benefit from the situation … But only the force or forces carrying the issue are responsible for the rift.”

“Azg” reports that Bulgaria’s parliament on Monday refused to approve a resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide. The paper says the parliament majority said its passage would negatively affect Turkish-Bulgarian relations.

(Aghasi Yenokian)
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