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“Iravunk” carries an interview with Ararat Zurabian which was taken shortly before he resigned as chairman of the opposition Armenian Pan-National Movement (HHSh) late on Thursday. Zurabian denies media claims that some HHSh leaders have disagreements with the Armenian National Congress (HAK) alliance, of which their party is a member. “There are and there can be no problems with the Congress because we are conscious of the fact that we all have the same aim: restoration of constitutional order,” he says.

“Hayots Ashkhar” quotes a pro-presidential politician, Hayk Babukhanian, as saying that the resignation of another senior HHSh figure, Khachatur Kokobelian, which was announced earlier this week, is a sign of “cracks” within the HHSh. “It can be said that as an institutional phenomenon, the HAK is ceasing to exist,” claims Babukhanian. “There remains only [HAK leader Levon] Ter-Petrosian with his single-handed decisions.” He says “regime change by any means” remains the key goal of Ter-Petrosian’s alliance.

“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says that unlike Serzh Sarkisian, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev faces no “danger of losing power” as he negotiates with the Armenians on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The pro-opposition paper says Azerbaijan is a “typical Oriental autocracy” where there is no “organized opposition.” “Perhaps Serzh Sarkisian wishes Armenia had been such a country, but the fact is there is a well-organized and quite strong opposition in Armenia,” it says. “That is, Serzh Sarkisian always has the prospect of regime change on his mind.” That is why he is “refusing to sign any document” on Karabakh, the paper claims. It goes on to allege that the mediating powers will therefore seek to “weaken the Armenian opposition by all possible means.”

“All in all, it would have been much more beneficial for the international community if Armenia had been an absolute dictatorship without any opposition. In that case, Serzh Sarkisian would feel only an external danger to his power and would quietly execute all orders from abroad,” concludes “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun.”

Hrant Tokhatian, a pro-government actor and TV showman, makes a case for the existence of foreign-language schools in Armenia, in an interview with “Zhamanak.” “Show me an existing schools where students brilliantly speak at least one [foreign] language upon graduation,” argues Tokhatian. “Everything is incomplete in our country. Even [study of] of the Armenian language is incomplete. There will be no damage to the state language. Even in Soviet Armenia, Armenian was the only state language.”

(Tigran Avetisian)
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