“Aravot” says that Armenian election officials have found a new excuse for expelling journalists from polling stations. “It turns out that video cameras unsettle voters and prevent them from performing their civil duty,” editorializes the paper. “And that is on the whole right. They just need to replace the word ‘voters’ by ‘authorities.’ It’s a well-grounded explanation and it needs a more general interpretation.”
“One can find hundreds of mistakes and flaws in Levon Ter-Petrosian’s speeches that could be devastating for a politician,” editorializes “Hraparak.” “His past and present positions on the Karabakh issue, the fact that he left his followers forsaken for ten years, impeded their self-organization and consolidation, his failure to value his loyal comrades-in-arms and repulsion of them. But our society has forgiven, digested and ignored all that, whereas a minor step -- his not saying hello to Raffi Hovannisian -- caused a real storm in a glass of water.” The paper says the reason what is that “our society is guided not by political systemic standards but elementary human values.”
“Zhamanak” sees a “bipolar status quo” emerging in Armenia, saying that it will further hamper former President Robert Kocharian’s perceived efforts to influence political processes. “The main force associated with Kocharian, Prosperous Armenia, seems to have ceased to exist after signing a new coalition memorandum [with President Serzh Sarkisian,]” writes the paper. “Another force linked with Kocharian, Dashnaktsutyun, effectively has little time to make decisions. By refraining from revolutionary steps and opting for a deterrence of radical mood and a chess game with the authorities, the [Armenian National] Congress has essentially deprived Dashnaktsutyun of the ‘constructive opposition’ niche.” The paper claims that Dashnaktsutyun is now faced with an “identity crisis” that will force it to think even less about Kocharian.
“Yerkir” see a lot of “harmony” in the actions and mindsets of Ter-Petrosian’s HAK and the Armenian authorities. “Both the current authorities and the radical opposition are advocates of totalitarian government,” writes the Dashnaktsutyun-controlled daily. “The current authorities do that by foisting a coalition agreement upon political forces serving them and the Congress by not tolerating the existence of other opposition forces and attempting to establish a hegemony over the opposition camp.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” claims that Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian on Tuesday “taught villages how to milk cows” during a visit to the central Aragatsotn province. “It probably seems to our prime minister that this is how European cows are milked in Brussels and that our villagers are unaware of it because they have never been to Brussels,” the paper says bitingly.