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“Aravot” urges the authorities to allow the Armenian National Congress (HAK) to hold rallies in Yerevan’s Liberty Square on the condition that the opposition alliance does not set up a tent camp and stage non-stop protests there. The paper admits in an editorial that this is not a realistic option.

“Zhamanak” looks at “interesting” developments within the Armenian government camp. The paper is skeptical about assurances that there is no serious discord between the Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) and the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK). “Elementary logic suggests that there must be no such disputes within a united coalition,” it writes. “But if such phenomena do exist, that means either not everything is alright within the coalition or all this is a stage-managed game in which the HHK is seeking to portray the BHK as a persecuted victim in order to steal votes from the opposition, notably the HAK, in the upcoming elections.”

“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” comments on a life sentence given to a Greek police officer found guilty of murdering a young man in Athens in 2008. “In European countries, this is the most severe punishment,” says the pro-opposition daily. The situation is very different in Armenia, it says, adding that no law-enforcement officer has been held accountable for the March 2008 unrest in Yerevan.

“Of course, Armenia is no Greece,” continues “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun.” “Armenia is a post-Soviet republic with many difficulties. But the Armenian society is not terminally ill. It has a healthy and passionate section, which other people who have lived under the Bolshevik regime lack. This not xenophobia. Just think of how many members the Russian opposition has, count its proportion and you will agree that the best of our society is much stronger.”

Speaking to “Hayots Ashkhar,” a senior Nagorno-Karabakh official insists that the Russian, French and U.S. mediators will visit Azerbaijani-controlled areas of Karabakh after presenting a report on their fact-finding trip to Armenian-controlled territories around the unrecognized republic. Davit Babayan says at the same time that Azerbaijan could “impede the conduct of the second phase of their mission.” “But I think this would be another indication that Azerbaijan is not a credible partner,” he says.

“Kapital” reports that the governing board of Armenia’s Central Bank on Tuesday decided to keep its benchmark lending rate unchanged at 7.25 percent. The paper says the bank’s governing board did so despite a drop in the consumer price index registered in September.

(Tigran Avetisian)
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