“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” wonders if the kind of social unrest that has gripped Greece is possible in Armenia. The paper says that unlike Greece, Armenia is not part of the euro zone and can not count on massive financial assistance from the European Union and other foreign sources should it find itself in similar economic trouble. “To put it bluntly, nobody needs us much,” it claims grimly.
“Hraparak” sees unfolding preparations for the next Armenian parliamentary elections due in May 2012. “Everywhere there is talk of which parties will enter the parliament and with how many votes, which of them have a [government] go-ahead,” editorializes the paper. It says the authorities are said to have already come to terms with the inevitable presence of the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) in the next National Assembly. “But whether or not Zharangutyun (another opposition group) will enter the parliament is an open question,” it says.
“Aravot” brushes aside Armenian Communist Party (HKK) leader Ruben Tovmasian’s claims that the HKK would easily spark an anti-government rebellion in the country if it wanted to. The paper says Tovmasian acted like a “modern politician” by speaking about “something in which even he does not believe.” It says such statements have regularly been made by Armenian opposition parties for the past 15 years and they should not be taken seriously.
Commenting on recent developments in the Turkish-Armenian diplomacy, “Haykakan Zhamanak” says it is hard to think of “a greater humiliation of the Armenian state.” “During the Turkish-Armenian honeymoon, Armenia lost face and in this situation there is nothing it could have obtained [from the process] except humiliating flattery voiced by the international community these days,” claims the pro-opposition daily. It says President Serzh Sarkisian broke his promises to visit Turkey only if the Turkish-Armenian border is about to be opened and to walk away from the Turkish-Armenian agreements if Turkey does not ratify them quickly.
Lragir.am reports that Artur Mkrtchian, a convict serving a life sentence in an Armenian prison, went on a hunger strike on Tuesday to demand a “fair” trial that would allow for his eventual release.