“Aravot” says that statements by foreign economists and international lending institutions praising the Armenian government’s economic policy will not strike a chord with the majority of ordinary Armenians. For them, says the paper, “that scientific talk means nothing.” “They would love to see international experts curse our government in the worst possible way so long as their life did not deteriorate day by day,” it claims in an editorial.
Speaking to “Hayots Ashkhar,” Naira Zohrabian, a senior member of the Armenian parliament, confirms that the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) will again refrain from discussing the political situation in Armenia at its upcoming session in Strasbourg. Such a discussion will only take place at the October 5 meeting of the PACE Monitoring Committee. Zohrabian also confirms that a representative of the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) will take part in that meeting along with members of the Armenian parliamentary delegation at the assembly.
“We have no radical expectation from the Monitoring Committee meeting,” the HAK’s Levon Zurabian tells “Zhamanak.” “Our goal is to inform the international community about the political situation existing in Armenia, to inform it that 13 political prisoners remain in prisons -- and the Council of Europe is also responsible for that -- that the Armenian people’s right to hold demonstrations in Liberty Square is again restricted, that not a single television station operates in Armenia, that a deep political crisis exists in Armenia because of rigged elections,” says Zurabian.
“Kapital” quotes Tigran Paskevichian, a well-known intellectual sympathetic to the HAK, as stressing the need for fresh presidential and parliamentary elections in Armenia. “In a country where there are more than a dozen political prisoners, where there is no will to solve crimes, where applications for rally permissions are rejected arbitrarily … the idea of pre-term elections constantly flies in the air,” says Paskevichian.
Democratic Party leader Aram Sarkisian tells “Hraparak” that the country’s main political forces are preparing for the next elections due in 2012 and 2013. The politician predicts growing tensions between the ruling Republican and Prosperous Armenia parties, saying that “the two political forces do not want to yield to one another.” “And when they see that their administrative and financial resources are equal, they will start wondering whether they can woo voters with a serious program,” he says.