“People in Armenia have started perceiving everything in black and white colors, falling into extremes,” editorializes “Zhamanak.” “If one or another government faction, one or another coalition party doesn’t try to destroy another … if Serzh Sarkisian doesn’t immediately kick out Gagik Tsarukian or if Tsarukian doesn’t demand Sarkisian’s immediate resignation, if Robert Kocharian doesn’t hold a rally against Serzh Sarkisian, then there are no disagreements between them. By trying to instill this notion in the public, many of its authors certainly have honest and sincere motives and simply don’t want the public do be misled and deceived.” But their efforts only lead to “some public apathy and indifference,” says the paper.
“168 Zham” says that members of Tsarukian’s Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) admit that if the tycoon were to pull out of the governing coalition many parliament deputies and government ministers affiliated with the BHK would defect to the presidential Republican Party (HHK). The paper says the party will hardly do better if it acts as an opposition force. “It’s been one and a half years since Dashnaktsutyun left the ruling coalition and began trying to portray itself as an opposition force. They are not succeeding, however. The society is not accepting them as [opposition,]” says the paper. “In case of Prosperous Armenia, it is even more unlikely to accept.”
Lilit Galstian, a parliament deputy from Dashnaktsutyun, assures “Kapital” that her party remains committed to “regime change” in Armenia. “The authority has failed, and not only Dashnaktsutyun but also the president is talking about that failure,” she says, pointing to Serzh Sarkisian’s speech at the December 18 HHK gathering.
“Hraparak” comments sarcastically on year-end news conferences held by high-ranking Armenian officials these days. “If we are to believe in their reports, we have already built Communism and have now started presenting our achievements to the world,” writes the paper.
In an interview with “Hayots Ashkhar,” Artak Davtian, the chairman of the Armenian parliament committee on science, education and youth affairs comments on major foreign policy developments that affected Armenia in 2010. Davtian says there have been “some negative trends.” “In particular, Azerbaijan and his elder brother Turkey have intensified their propaganda war against Armenia,” he says. “Thanks to the Azerbaijani lobby and financial resources, various international bodies have adopted resolutions distorting the causes and the state of the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) conflict.”