“Zhamanak” says the three political parties making up Armenia’s governing coalition are unlikely to cut a new power-sharing deal as a result of the next parliamentary elections. “There is now a clear opposition force,” writes the paper. “For the authorities, it is more important to reach agreement with that opposition, rather than its current coalition partners, Orinats Yerkir and Prosperous Armenia.” It claims that President Serzh Sarkisian needs to make sure that none of them unexpectedly teams up with the opposition. “That seems unlikely today. But in Armenia’s political life, unrealistic things have become tangible ones before,” concludes the pro-opposition daily.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” scoffs at traditional official celebrations of Armenia’s independence day marked on September 21. The pro-opposition paper claims that the authorities have done everything to limit the country’s independence. It points to the recent Russian-Armenian defense agreement that extended Russian military presence in Armenia. It also berates Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian for celebrating the holiday in China.
Citing official airport statistics, “Haykakan Zhamanak” says that 61,000 people have left Armenia in the first eight months of this year. The opposition daily links “the new wave of emigration” to the March 2008 government crackdown on the opposition. “It is different from the previous ones in that the out-migrating families are mostly well-to-do,” it says.
“Hraparak” reports that contrary to reports in pro-government media, a 12th century church in the northern Armenian town of Akhtala was not consecrated and reopened by the Armenian Apostolic Church on Sunday. The paper notes that the church still does not have a cross on its dome. “If they can’t place a cross and consecrate a church in their own country, how can they denounce the Turkish authorities for that?” it says.