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“Hayk” says it had the impression on Thursday night that the Armenian people are following a U.S. congressional debate on the Armenian genocide resolution as a sporting competition. “Many were even betting,” says the opposition daily. “Some people were so ecstatic that they thought the future of the Armenian people depends on that vote. Undoubtedly, it will be very good if the USA condemns the genocide, not because such a step would bring the Armenians or Armenia material benefits but because it would prevent such tragedies and make Turkey realize that it is better to accept the bitter truth than keep refuting the irrefutable.”

“Aravot” makes a case for “serious decisions” which it believes the Armenian government should make in the socioeconomic sphere. “You don’t have to be smart to borrow money and invent new loans,” editorializes the paper. “That is not a sign of activity or determination. Thoughts brighter than levying taxes from hotels or pet keepers do not spring to our authorities’ mind.” The paper dismisses government assurances that Armenia is emerging from the economic crisis. It says Armenians will take such assurances seriously only if they see “real steps that will at least slightly improve their plight.”

“Zhamanak” says the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) understands that the authorities will not willingly call fresh elections and has also admitted it can not single-handedly effect regime change in the country. “But that doesn’t keep it from making such a demand to the authorities,” says the pro-HAK daily. “It’s a demand, rather than a promise given to the society.”

“Yerkir” comments on the revelation that the three political parties represented in Armenia’s government have applied for membership in the European People’s Party (EPP). The paper is hopeful that they will join the EPP and embrace “the real values of center-right ideology.” It also advises them with irony not to defect from the EPP if the latter loses ground to left-wing parties across Europe.

“I can say that Armenia has gone through the worst period when it registered a double-digit recession in 2009,” Russian-Armenian financier Ruben Vartanian tells “Kapital.” “Armenia is not rich in natural resources. There is mostly construction here. If it was possible, for example, to implement the project of a new nuclear plant that would have a serious impact on economic development.”

(Aghasi Yenokian)
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