“Hraparak” says some Armenian pundits think that with his latest media interview, former President Robert Kocharian sought to support Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) leader Gagik Tsarukian and “remind people of his existence.” “Others contend that this was a warning directed at Serzh Sarkisian, ‘If you harass Prosperous Armenia too much, I will play other cards and opt for an open confrontation,’” writes the paper. “Another group believes it is now time for the emergence of a third force and Tsarukian could play that role with Kocharian’s blessing. Others claim that Kocharian has no chance of a comeback and that his venom stems from that sense of impossibility.”
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” reports that Karen Avagian, a parliament deputy from Sarkisian’s Republican Party (HHK), made a statement regarding Kocharian’s remarks in the National Assembly on Tuesday. “What would have happened if the Republican Party hadn’t supported the second president?” he asked. Avagian recalled that the HHK backed Kocharian in the 1998 and 2003 presidential elections and didn’t challenge him after the October 1999 parliament shootings.
Rustam Gasparian, a parliament deputy from the BHK, criticizes the continuing imprisonment of his former colleague and fellow war veteran Sasun Mikaelian, in an interview with “Zhoghovurd.” “I’ve always said that in this case it doesn’t matter just how wrong or right Sasun was,” he tells the new daily. “What matter is his past. He is a real personality who rallied guys from a whole district and took them to war. People don’t rally around anyone. And I think it’s very wrong to treat that guy like this now.”
Artak Zakarian, an HHK parliamentarian, tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that democracy and respect for human rights and liberties have “created somewhat difficult situations in a number of European countries. “At the same time, Europe is a polity carrying universal human values, and Armenia and the Armenian people are a component of this value system,” he says.
“Kapital” reports that the owners of 77 percent of cars registered in Armenia are already covered by mandatory auto insurance. The paper also says that local insurance firms have received more than 3,000 reports of car accidents since January 1. “During this period, the average amount of compensation [paid by them to drivers] has stood at 225,000 drams ($620), which is not quite a lot of money,” it says, arguing that a single insurance policy covers up to 1.5 million drams worth of damage caused to other vehicles.