“Zhamanak” comments on President Serzh Sarkisian’s presence at Monday’s concert in Yerevan devoted to the 120th anniversary of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun). “This is probably the best response to the question of to what extent Dashnaktsutyun is in opposition and how credible are its statements that a new kind of government should be formed through regime change,” editorializes the paper. “With his presence, Serzh Sarkisian is effectively blocking that Dashnaktsutyun path and showing that Dashnaktsutyun has only one path to follow: Serzh Sarkisian.”
In an interview with “Hraparak,” Aram Karapetian, the leader of the opposition Nor Zhamanakner (New Times) party, downplays the latest high-level personnel changes within Armenia’s leadership. “This is not a systemic change,” he says.
Razmik Zohrabian, the deputy chairman of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) assures “Hayots Ashkhar” that the HHK and the government are “fighting to establish the supremacy of law and defend human rights” and can count on strong popular support in the next parliamentary and presidential elections. Zohrabian seems confident about continued public trust in his party.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” comments on President Sarkisian’s proposals on the use of the rapid-reaction force of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) which he made at the CSTO summit in Moscow last week. “Serzh Sarkisian official proposed [CSTO states] to allow Russia to send troops to any country without [CSTO] consensus,” speculates the opposition daily. “A country facing an internal political crisis.” It claims that Sarkisian is thus trying to guard against potential street protests against an unpopular peace accord on Nagorno-Karabakh that could be “imposed” by Russia.
“Kapital” reports that in a report released last week the International Monetary Fund said the global financial crisis put an end to Armenia’s robust economic growth and led to “a crisis of business confidence” in the country. The IMF report said the authorities have resorted much of that confidence thanks to their “strong” economic policies and large-scale assistance from multilateral lending institutions, according to the paper.