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“Aravot” says that Armenian politicians must think twice before slamming their rivals because they may end up cooperating with them later on. The paper points out that opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian’s latest statements are at odds with his past harsh characterizations of President Serzh Sarkisian and other government leaders. It says Ter-Petrosian is now ready to start a dialogue with people whom he labeled “kleptocrats” and “Mongol-Tatars” in the not so distant past.

“Yerkir” claims that putative cooperation between Ter-Petrosian’s Armenian National Congress (HAK) and the government is primarily directed against Gagik Tsarukian’s Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK). “In the new situation unfolding now, the BHK is losing it status and the guarantee of retaining it because the party perfectly understands that the dialogue is taking place at the expense of its interests,” says the paper. “It was not accidental that the president’s offer of cooperation to the HAK was immediately followed by BHK representatives’ statement to the effect that they are inclined to contest the forthcoming parliamentary election with a separate list [of candidates.]”

“Zhamanak” sees growing evidence of “Serzh Sarkisian’s desire to get rid of Robert Kocharian’s legacy and come out of his shadow.” The Armenian president is now trying to “look better” than his predecessor, says the paper. “Therefore, regardless of the motives and reasons that force Serzh Sarkisian to take such a step, that step can not fail to make a significant mark on the logic of internal political developments,” it says.

“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” claims that in the likely case of the Armenian authorities refusing to call snap elections after the release of all “political prisoners” the HAK “could resort to radical steps at any moment.” The pro-Ter-Petrosian paper says the HAK leaders have already made this clear in their public pronouncements. “It is now Serzh Sarkisian’s turn to make the next move. And whatever he does, the Congress’s positions will only get stronger as a result,” it says.

(Aghasi Yenokian)
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