“Haykakan Zhamanak” quotes a spokesman for Gagik Tsarukian as saying that if his Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) wins a parliamentary majority in the May 2012 elections it will field its own presidential candidate in 2013. Khachik Galstian says Tsarukian himself might be that candidate.
“In political circles, there is also speculation that parliament speaker Hovik Abrahamian may also be the BHK’s presidential candidate in 2013,” “Haykakan Zhamanak” comments for its part. “Galstian noted, however, that he sees no such likelihood at this point.”
“Zhamanak” looks at what specifically the BHK could give to President Serzh Sarkisian’s Republican Party of Armenia (HHK). The paper argues that the HHK has no lack of money, thuggish activists or government levers. It says the BHK will also risk losing popular support should it decide to openly side with the HHK. “Therefore, it is obvious that Prosperous Armenia can not be of use to the Republicans on any issue, except if it acts like opposition in a quite professional way and thus steals votes from the real opposition,” it adds. The paper also thinks that the BHK would suffer a “political rout” in an open confrontation with the HHK.
“Hraparak” comments on the latest court speech by jailed Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, drawing parallels between Russia’s and Armenia’s governments. Armenia and its current leadership are also “sick,” claims the paper.
Vahram Atanesian, a senior member of Nagorno-Karabakh’s parliament, tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that Russian Dmitry Medvedev organized the latest meeting of his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts in Astrakhan after “consulting” with the United States and France. Atanesian points to positive U.S. and French reactions to the statement adopted by the Armenian, Azerbaijani and Russian presidents at the meeting. “In any case, one should hope that Azerbaijan will use the coming month to hold internal reviews, discussions and analyses and even consultations with its closest ally, Turkey, and will give a conceptual answer to the methodology of the [Karabakh conflict’s] settlement which is presented by the mediators,” he says.