“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” claims that instead of developing Armenia’s economy, the government is trying to ensure that Armenian migrant workers send home more money and put it in “the pockets of the oligarchs.” “In fact, the government needs as many migrant workers as possible,” alleges the opposition paper.
“Aravot” says members of Yerevan’s municipal council affiliated with the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) are too scared to say who they think should be the city’s next mayor. Vahagn Khachatrian, a former Yerevan mayor affiliated with the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK), is quoted as saying that this is “an abnormal and incomprehensible phenomenon.” “The fact that they prefer to be silent shows that that party has no internal democracy and does not let its members discuss such issues publicly,” he says. “That also shows that only one person makes decisions within that party.”
Galust Sahakian, the leader of the HHK’s parliament faction, is asked by “Hayots Ashkhar” to comment on claims that with his participation in an event organized by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) this President Serzh Sarkisian demonstrated that it is not an opposition party. “If they invited him, why should he have not participated?” replies Sahakian. “Civilized relations between the authorities and the opposition must be just like that.” “The authorities and the opposition must be rivals, rather than enemies,” he says. Sahakian also argues that the HHK has a history of cooperation with Dashnaktsutyun on “important issues facing the country.”
“The regime can not use its past experience because it is quite weakened,” HAK coordinator Levon Zurabian tells “Kapital,” commenting on the Armenian authorities’ handling of the next parliamentary and presidential elections. “If we compare the existing situation with the 2008 presidential race, we will see that there was a united [government] team at that time. There was an organized government pyramid and there was unity within the pyramid, while the population’s socioeconomic plight … was not hopeless. The regime has now failed in all these areas. There is no internal unity, no really coordinated system.”
Ashot Aghababian, an HHK parliamentarian, tells “Zhamanak” that the high-profile resignations of Yerevan Mayor Gagik Beglarian and Justice Minister Gevorg Danielian only prove that President Sarkisian is a “very principled person.” “He may stand by you, but if you don’t want to stand by him and behave correctly, he may give up on you and say, ‘The past is not important, we are building a country,’” says Aghababian.