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“Aravot” blames the Armenian police for Tuesday’s clash with a handful of young opposition protesters in downtown Yerevan. The paper says that the latter did not cause any trouble as they picketed the venue of a seminar organized by the European Union and that it is the police who provoked the violence.

“In effect, the opposition still has enough potential for preventing seemingly inevitable negative developments,” “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” writes, commenting on the latest opposition rally in Yerevan. “The majority of public too should realize the seriousness of the situation and, more importantly, have faith … At the moment, that is the only chance of [opposition] victory.”

For “Hayots Ashkhar,” it was an “ordinary” rally that will not change the political situation in Armenia. The pro-government paper also points out that this and the previous rallies held by the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) were timed to coincide with conferences organized in Yerevan by the Council of Europe and the European Union.

Tatul Hakobian, one of the two deputy ministers of health dismissed by Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian, tells “Zhamanak” that his resignation resulted from his “tense relations” with Health Minister Harutiun Kushkian. “The minister and I are incompatible in terms of our ideology, approaches, work style and so on,” says Hakobian. “This resignation was the result of our years of joint work. I found it unacceptable and unbearable to keep working in these conditions. Therefore, I asked the prime minister to relieve me of my duties.”

Asked to comment on Sarkisian’s allegations of corruption in the healthcare sector, Hakobian replies, “Let me put it this way. The health minister has recently taken steps that were totally unacceptable to me. I can’t comment on them. When a problem builds up, there comes a moment when it requires a solution. The solution was that working together [with Kushkian] became no longer possible.”

“Kapital” reports that the Armenian government is delaying the reconstruction of a section of Armenia’s North-South highways stretching from the Georgian border to Iran. The paper says that a government commission administering an international tender for the project said on Tuesday that none of the bids submitted by Austrian, Spanish and U.S. firms is good enough.

(Tigran Avetisian)
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