“Zhamanak” says most Armenians have no expectations of positive change from the latest changes within their government. The paper says they regard the high-profile sackings as being part of an “intra-government squabble” that has no bearing on their day-to-day lives. But it believes that the Armenian citizens should capitalize on President Serzh Sarkisian’s latest pledges to combat corruption and tackle injustice in order to “enhance their significance as a factor of influence on the domestic political life.”
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” notes that no government official has stated that any of those sackings had something to do with corruption. This is so, it says, because “corruption is a felony that requires a criminal case.” “If those [sacked] people are corrupt, where is a court ruling? If they are not, then on what front is Serzh Sarkisian fighting against corruption?” asks the opposition paper.
In an interview with “Hraparak,” the national police chief, Alik Sargsian, dismisses as “slander” speculation about his impending sacking. “I don’t think that I will be dismissed at this point,” he says. “There has never been such talk. I visited the president of the republic several days ago. I received normal treatment, normal instructions that are not connected with one or two days, that are connected with the coming months and even year.” Sargsian also says that he will not agree to take up a less high-ranking government position in case of his dismissal.
“Aravot” reports that the European Court of Human Rights is close to accepting an appeal from Mushegh Saghatelian, an Armenian opposition figure who was jailed in 2008 and released on parole last month. His lawyer, Vahe Grigorian, is quoted as saying that the Strasbourg court has sent written inquiries to the Armenian government regarding Saghatelian’s suit.
“In the Armenian market, small and medium-sized companies and individual entrepreneurs carry the biggest tax burden,” writes “Kapital.” “Such a conclusion is contained in a tax study conducted by the International Finance Corporation.” The business daily say the IFC called for specific reforms that would “simplify the tax process and improve the overall business environment in Armenia.” “The corporation expects that its study will help Armenia’s government identify the areas that need to be improved,” it says.