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“Hayk” is perplexed at the position of Karabakh’s leadership who voice their dissatisfaction with Stepanakert’s not being part of the peace talks [with Azerbaijan] “as if it was the demand of Azerbaijan, Russia, France, the United States or Turkey.”

“[Karabakh president] Bako Sahakian are now showing an attitude as if they have forgotten that Karabakh was removed from the table of negotiations on [former Armenian president] Robert Kocharian’s initiative and through his active efforts. Why did they not protest that shortsighted policy then? And why don’t they have the courage to speak out on it today?” the paper writes.

“Hraparak” editorializes on the Tuesday gathering of Yerkrapah, an organization embracing Karabakh war veterans. “The convention that had been repeatedly delayed was to finally decide who the real leader of the organization is. And while General Manvel Grigorian’s positions were quite shaky following the 2008 presidential election and it was not clear where Yerkrapah was going and with whom, then at this latest convention it became clear that General Manvel is in his positions. Moreover, next to him are Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian and generally the whole government.”

“Hayots Ashkhar” makes a case for the emergence of a left-wing opposition in Armenia given the expected dominance of social problems in the spring agenda of domestic politics.

“Considerable price hikes are expected, which cannot but cause dissatisfaction of the population and in situations like this the role of the left-wing opposition usually sharply increases. This happens all over the world, but not in Armenia. There is practically no left-wing opposition in Armenia. The niche is vacant, but, unfortunately, this niche, like all other niches, seems broader for those who supposedly should fill it.”

“Zhamanak” argues for “a swift and decisive change of the structure and quality of the government’s pyramid” to combat the economic crisis in Armenia. “And this is impossible to implement without a change of mentality and without revisiting values.”

(Tigran Avetisian)

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