“Aravot” looks for “the roots of our cynicism.” “I can only assume that the reasons should be searched in our modern history,” writes the newspaper editor, Aram Abrahamian. “We lived most of the 20th century under artificial values imposed from abroad … Seeing the gap between the reality and nice ideas promoted officially, we subconsciously arrived at the conclusion that all nice ideas are subject to ridicule and scorn.”
“President [Serzh] Sarkisian’s latest statements and actions suggest that he is not averse to replicating actions of neighboring Georgia’s [President] Mikheil Saakashvili,” writes “Yerkir.” The paper points to Saakashvili’s 2008 decision to accept opposition demands and call a snap presidential election that was to earn him a second term in office. It says the Georgian opposition has since become weaker and stopped questioning his legitimacy. The paper says that Sarkisian will not strengthen his positions if he opts for a renewed confrontation with the radical opposition. On the other hand, it says, unlike Saakashvili, Sarkisian has done little to convince the population that he can root out corruption and enforce the rule of law.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” claims that Sarkisian’s recent discourse amounts to an admission that “he absolutely doesn’t control the existing situation.” The opposition paper says such a conclusion stems from Sarkisian’s criticism of the police and the government and his complaints about rising inflation. “In other words, there is anarchy in the country and there is no lack of people within the government willing to take advantage of that situation,” it says.
“Hraparak” sees “a revolutionary situation” in Armenia. “A huge segment of our society is inherently peace-loving and terrified of revolutions and changes in general,” says the paper. “This segment will prove decisive. If their living standards have fallen so much that they see no alternative to regime change, then the time for big changes has come to Armenia as well. But if there is still room for getting by, then we must pin our hopes on reforms, about which we have been hearing for decades and the results of which we don’t see.”
“Time has shown that Serzh Sarkisian rejects all proposals made by Levon Ter-Petrosian,” Samson Ghazarian, a veteran politician affiliated with Ter-Petrosian’s Armenian National Congress (HAK), tells “Zhamanak.” Ghazarian says Ter-Petrosian’s renewed campaign of antigovernment protests is leading to “the establishment of diarchy.” “The upcoming [HAK] rally will show what developments will follow,” he says.