“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says the Orinats Yerkir Party recalled two of its government ministers at the behest of President Serzh Sarkisian, dismissing party leaders’ claims the move is part of its preparations for the 2012 parliamentary elections. “In a word, it is obvious that Serzh Sarkisian has simply taken away two ministerial portfolios from Orinats Yerkir,” says the pro-opposition daily.
Lragir.am suggests that with his scathing criticism of Trade and Economic Development Minister Nerses Yeritsian, Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) leader Gagik Tsarukian showed “where the target of ministerial changes should be.” “In other words, one can presume that the BHK leader indicated that those ministers whose areas of responsibility contain problems must be sacked,” writes the online publication. It speculates that Tsarukian simply took a precaution against the kind of loss of government positions that has been suffered by Orinats Yerkir. His attack on Yeritsian was a “pre-emptive blow” to Sarkisian’s Republican Party of Armenia (HHK).
“Whenever there is speculation about second President Robert Kocharian’s return to politics, the official propaganda machine usually comments on it in the following way, ‘[Members of the former ruling] HHSh are terrified by that prospect,’” editorializes “Aravot.” “‘We are not afraid of anything,’ counter the oppositionists. Unfortunately, our political forces are part of the political teams of the first, second or third president. An objective analysis will lead us to conclude that more things unite than separate those teams: authoritarian tendencies, vote rigging, corruption. Nonetheless, there are some individual specificities, and the second president stands apart in that regard. In the negative sense, of course.”
“Golos Armenii” expects U.S. President Barack Obama to meet President Serzh Sarkisian in Washington next month. “Obama will explain to Serzh Sarkisian why he will once again not utter the word ‘genocide’ and will content himself with the Armenian term Mets Yeghern [on April 24,]” predicts the Russian-language paper. “‘Why do we and you need to confront those Turks?’ Obama will say.” It claims that Obama will also press the Armenian leader to agree to “an interim status for Karabakh within Azerbaijan” and the return of Azerbaijani refugees.