(Saturday, February 12)
“In all likelihood, the period of intra-regime squabbles will last quite long, at least until May 2012,” editorializes “Zhamanak.” “And possibly even after that, until February-March 2013, when the next presidential election takes place.” In this situation, it says, the Armenian opposition should “do something in a more active manner,” rather than just wait and see what happens next. Namely, to capitalize on the what the pro-opposition daily see as government infighting.
“Hayots Ashkhar” says that the “real intentions” of Gagik Tsarukian’s Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) are still not known. “But is it that important to know whether or not it will stay in the [ruling] coalition?” asks the paper sympathetic to President Serzh Sarkisian. “Doesn’t the country have other problems?”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” comments on the ongoing protests staged by owners of Armenians cars carrying Georgian license plates, who do not want to register them in Armenia and pay higher import duties. The pro-opposition daily says the controversy demonstrates that “Armenians want to live like Georgians” and avoid paying what it calls exorbitant taxes.
“Kapital” reports that Robert Nazarian, chairman of the Public Services Regulatory Commission (PSRC), has made clear that electricity prices in Armenia will not go up further this year. Yevgeni Bibin, the chief executive of the country’s Russian-owned electricity distribution network, is quoted as describing the PSRC’s stance as “tough.” “But there the conditions in which we operate today,” adds Bibin. “Quite efficiently and fruitfully.”