“Hayots Ashkhar” says President Serzh Sarkisian’s weekend speech ended speculation about a rift between his Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) and Gagik Tsarukian’s Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK). The paper quotes the HHK’s deputy chairman, Razmik Zohrabian, as saying that the Republicans have already started preparations for the next parliamentary and presidential elections. “And if there are political forces that are in no rush to announce that, then that is their right,” he says. Echoing Sarkisian’s assurances, Zohrabian insists that the HHK has issued no ultimatums to the BHK.
“It can be concluded that the president is proposing Prosperous Armenia to contest the  parliamentary elections separately, by the logic of a healthy competition,” writes “Yerkir.” “In return for that, Prosperous Armenia must act within the framework of the rules of the game during the  presidential election. That is, to agree to contest the presidential election in a single team [with the HHK.]” The only question, according to the paper, is that whether Sarkisian wants the BHK to endorse his reelection bid now or some time later.
“Zhamanak” suggests that Sarkisian has finally managed to emerge from his predecessor Robert Kocharian’s shadow but has yet to form “his own power.” The pro-opposition paper says Sarkisian needs to do that also in order to dodge responsibility for a 2003 transfer of weapons to Iran that irked the United States.
“168 Zham” discusses Sarkisian’s remark that the bodyguards of senior HHK figures and other wealthy persons connected with his administration must no longer get away with their unruly behavior. “There is speculation that some deputies and oligarchs have reinforced their security detail so much that they now seriously threaten themselves,” says the paper. It says government officials and loyalists now realize that those bodyguards pose a danger not only to ordinary people but also the authorities “in case of a confrontation between various government wings.”
Parliament deputy Artak Davtian tells “Irates de facto” that individuals joining the HHK do not need to know much about the party’s declared ideology based on the works of Garegin Nzhdeh, an early 20th century military and political leader. He says complete faith in the HHK’s top leaders is sufficient grounds for being a party member. “Our ideology is not so simple that everyone can deeply understand it,” adds Davtian.