In an interview with “Hayots Ashkhar,” Vahan Hovannisian, a leader of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), criticizes other opposition parties that complained to Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Turkish president of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), about Armenia’s domestic political problems last week. “We know government shortcomings better than anybody else and … are fighting against factors engendering those shortcomings,” he says. “We are doing that on our own, without provoking any external interference. It’s even more unacceptable when they turn to a Turkish official, who has already clearly shown that he is not impartial on any issue relating to Armenia and the Armenians.”
“If a political force gives him an additional weapon against the Armenians, then one must not doubt that Cavusoglu will use the weapon obtained from the opposition to stick it into our back at the right moment,” adds Hovannisian.
“Hraparak” hails the formation of “a stratum of publicly active young people” in Armenia. “This is something that can give us hope for and faith in the future,” editorializes the paper. “They are not bourgeois like the ‘jeunesse doree’ and they don’t care about fancy clothes, cars and cellphones. Instead, they take part in public processes, are engaged in the political struggle, organize ingenuous protest actions and, most importantly, are pig-headed. They have started becoming a factor in our country.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” claims that the latest weakening of the euro is damaging the Armenian economy. The paper also notes that the prices of European goods imported into Armenia have not fallen as a result.
Speaking to “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun,” Labor and Social Affairs Minister Mkhitar Mnatsakanian comments on financial abuses that were found by the Armenian parliament’s Audit Chamber within his ministry during his predecessors’ tenure. One of them involved the alleged embezzlement of public money earmarked for the purchase of apartments for orphans. “If I’m not mistaken, the case was picked up by the prosecutor’s office,” says Mnatsakanian. “But the unfortunate thing is that that program was discontinued.”