“Armenia is probably the only country where for two months each year admission exams [for state universities] become the subject of a nationwide discussion, which is deemed more important than any political or economic issue,” editorializes “Aravot.” “The reason is clear. The meaning of education, learning has been absolutely twisted in our country. On the one hand, [gaining admission to a university] is a form of self-establishment for applicants and their parents. On the other hand, it’s an opportunity to make money for private tutors, test designers and members of examination commissions, who are mostly the same people. And so every summer, a mini-war breaks out between those two groups, with the latter group effectively selling university places and the former haggling to get the goods they had paid for.”
“Hraparak” sees a lack of public respect for government, political and party leaders in Armenia. “Those figures have for years discredited themselves so much that not only have they left no room for respect and have only generated disdain and disgust towards themselves,” editorializes the paper. “Ignorance, greed, subservience, demagoguery, deceit. These are the traits characterizing the mentioned individuals.”
Political analyst Stepan Danielian tells “Kapital” that there is no real separation of powers in Armenia’s government. “In Armenia, there is a group of individuals who themselves form government and that government serves that group. We all know how elections are held, how judicial decisions are made. We also know that there is no separation of the executive and legislative branches.”
Artsvik Minasian, a parliament deputy from the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that his opposition party wants the Armenian parliament to set up an ad hoc commission tasked with proposing a “reform of the gas sector.” Minasian suggests that the parliament majority will try to block the initiative. “In my view, this is the kind of an issue that can consolidate all caring people and at the same time expose the carriers of false politics, who exist inside both the authorities and the opposition,” he says.
“Zhamanak” quotes opposition leader Aram Karapetian as saying that Dashnaktsutyun will eventually have to make a choice: “to be with the opposition or the government?” “Dashnaktsutyun does not have to be with the [Armenian National] Congress but it is obvious that there are two camps: black and white,” he says. “Either you are with the authorities or the opposition. In my view, they are slowly paving the white opposition way … Within Dashnaktsutyun there are forces which clearly understand that the authorities have no future.”