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“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” speculates that President Serzh Sarkisian will not sign any agreements on Nagorno-Karabakh proposed by international mediators and “will lead the country to war.” “Whether that is right or wrong is a different question,” says the pro-opposition daily. “But let there be no impression that he is a tough guy and, unlike the people, is not afraid of war. In reality, it’s all the way around. The people are afraid of not war but of entering it with a commander-in-chief like Serzh Sarkisian.”

Galust Sahakian, a leader of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), tells “Azg” that Gagik Tsarukian’s strong criticism of Trade and Economic Development Minister Nerses Yeritsian is merely a “personal opinion” that is not backed by the governing coalition. Asked about former President Robert Kocharian’s possible return to government, Sahakian says: “That is Kocharian’s right. He is a citizen of Armenia, was the country’s president and has the full right to engage in political activities. They, especially on the opposition side, are trying to depict him as a bugaboo, forgetting the fact that Kocharian has rendered quite serious services to the country.”

For Lragir.am, the political situation in Armenia of the last two years can be summed up as a “manageable chaos.” “The three players -- Levon Ter-Petrosian, Robert Kocharian and Serzh Sarkisian -- form a triangle of sorts which on the one hand, is widely considered the firmest structure and on the other, prevents Armenia from forming a [legitimate] government or any system,” writes the online journal. “This situation arose after the 2008 presidential election. On the domestic front, Serzh Sarkisian failed to assert his authority. He lacked the support of the public, which favored Levon Ter-Petrosian, and lacked the support of the [government] system which is mostly on Robert Kocharian’s side.”

“Hayk” berates the authorities for rejecting the opposition demands for the holding of fresh presidential and parliamentary elections. The opposition paper says government officials and backers falsely claim that the situation in the country is stable and calm.

“Kapital” reports that Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian was asked on Tuesday by its correspondent whether he shares some of his ministers’ view that Armenia has emerged from the economic crisis. “It depends on what we mean by crisis,” replied Sarkisian. “People see different meanings in the term crisis. For example, in 2009 we registered 17 percent growth in the information technology sector. Would you call that a crisis? And if we recorded a 14 percent decline in construction, then it is a crisis.”

(Aghasi Yenokian)
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