Galust Sahakian, a senior member of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), tells “Aravot” that the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) has little chance of winning any parliament seats in the next elections because it is not “understandable to the public.” “We need an opposition that can debate and engage in dialogue, expose shortcomings existing within the society, impose and discuss things with the authorities,” says Sahakian, adding that “the notion of opposition seems to be forgotten within the society.” Of all the opposition parties, only the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) looks like “real opposition,” concludes Sahakian.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” rounds on “professional patriots” that denounce those who blame Armenia’s military leadership for the latest army shootings. “According to the logic of those who make such claims, the only way of not committing high treason is to shut up and come to terms with facts such as abusive practices in the army, killings portrayed as suicides, the delivery of decomposing corpses of Armenian soldiers to their parents,” editorializes the paper. It says few of the “professional patriots” have sons or other loved ones who fell victim to army abuse.
“Hraparak” says the bitter rift between the chief of the Armenian police, Alik Sargsian, and the recently sacked governor of his native Ararat region, Vardges Hovakimian, “unmasked the reality within the corridors of power.” “It turns out that people, who work in the same team, are members of the same government and are supposed to be like-minded or at least have civilized or positive relations, hate each other,” writes the paper. “They hate so much that the former government is ready to emigrate from the country because of the police chief. That is, as soon as one of them loses his government post the whole intra-government dirt comes up to the surface. After this incident, it is not hard to guess what other officials think of each other and how much hatred and malice they have accumulated.”
Masis Mayilian, a prominent Nagorno-Karabakh politician, tells “Zhamanak” that the possible sale of Russian S-300 missiles to Azerbaijan would have a “negative impact on the balance of forces in the region.” “These [anti-aircraft] systems are classified into the category of defensive weapons and can limit our ability to strike back at the enemy,” says Mayilian. “That is, after receiving S-300s Azerbaijan would be less vulnerable and that self-confidence could prompt Azerbaijan to take more aggressive actions.”