“If there are no grounds for pre-term elections, why do the authorities find it necessary to flatly deny media reports?” “Zhamanak” asks in an editorial. “That means those reports worry the authorities after all, which in turn could mean two things. Either the authorities are worried that a sense of upcoming fresh elections is getting out of the narrow government circle and becoming visible and tangible for the public, or they are worried because of not controlling the situation.”
According to “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun,” the Armenian authorities acknowledge that the Turkish-Armenian agreements are unraveling, that Azerbaijan is preparing for war and that the socioeconomic situation in Armenia will further deteriorate soon. The opposition daily claims they are incapable of confronting any of these challenges. “Then who needs these authorities?” it asks. “Is their main job to make empty speeches about their not being guilty and all of Armenia’s problems coming from abroad?”
“[Levon] Ter-Petrosian was predicting one year ago that the authorities will resign in a few months’ time, which will automatically mean pre-term elections,” writes “Hayots Ashkhar.” “What is more, as a politician with strategic inclinations, Ter-Petrosian based, to a certain extent, the activities of the force led by him on that forecast. But did the authorities, or at least the government, resign? Did pre-term elections take place? Now how many pennies are Ter-Petrosian’s forecasts worth?” The pro-government paper is convinced that Ter-Petrosian’s latest prediction will also prove wrong.
“Azg” comments on recent Russian media articles accusing Armenia’s current and previous presidents of amassing huge personal wealth. The paper says that in any “normal” country such reports would be deemed a “big blow to its honor and dignity.” It says the Armenian authorities should either refute or confirm such claims and distance themselves from the accused individuals. “Otherwise, we will rise to the international level with the scale of our corruption,” adds the paper.
Opposition leader Aram Sarkisian tells “Aravot” that the majority of Armenians are dissatisfied with their lives and their government. He also says it would be naïve to expect the current authorities to properly investigate the events of the March 2008 in Yerevan. “The authorities can not fail to defend themselves and their officials whatever the pressure exerted on them from within the country or abroad,” says Sarkisian.