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“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” claims that there is a “degradation” in all areas of life in Armenia researched by sociologists, notably Gevorg Poghosian of the Armenian Sociological Association. “And it’s hard to accuse him of being sympathetic to the opposition,” says the paper. “The situation is really serious and everyone seems to understand that. But the most terrible thing is not the seriousness of the situation but the non-seriousness with which political forces look at the existing the situation and propose ways out of it. And where is Serzh Sarkisian? Why isn’t he talking?”

“Hraparak” reacts to Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) leader Gagik Tsarukian’s claim that former President Robert Kocharian could have easily taken over Sarkisian’s Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) if he had wanted to. “He thus indicated to the HHK, ‘Don’t get nervous, Kocharian himself doesn’t want to come back, and your wishes and opinions don’t matter,’” speculates the paper. “This is not the first time that Tsarukian’s scandalous statements cause a stir in the country. We have yet to hear many more such statements.”

“Hayots Ashkhar” sees a “noteworthy and, in a certain sense, pathetic situation” emerging in the Armenian opposition camp. “The fight for the protesting electorate is gaining momentum,” writes the paper. “Judging from the early signs, it is going to be tough.” It points to Armenian National Congress (HAK) representative Levon Zurabian’s criteria for telling apart “real” and bogus opposition forces. The pro-government daily suggests, with bitter sarcasm, its own criteria. “Thus, if a particular force appeals to the United States, the West, expresses bewilderment at their financial assistance to Armenia and calls for sanctions against its own country, then it’s not just a real but very real opposition,” it says.

“The average Armenian family spends 65 percent of its budget on food,” writes “Yerkir.” “In Egypt, for example, food prices rose by 17 percent last year. In Armenia, they went up at a much higher pace, even though overall inflation made up 9.4 percent in 2010. This fact has significantly heightened inflationary expectations.” Citing a further increase in wheat prices, the paper says inflationary pressures on the Armenian economy remain high. “The current wave of color revolutions shows that they break out and spread very spontaneously, without any steering from political forces and opposition leaders,” it notes, adding that such a scenario in Armenia is “extremely unacceptable.”

(Ruben Meloyan)
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