In an interview with “Kapital,” Zaruhi Postanjian, a parliament deputy from the opposition Zharangutyun (Heritage) party, welcomes the general amnesty initiated by President Serzh Sarkisian but says such measures only highlight a lack of rule of law in Armenia. “The judicial system practically doesn’t function in Armenia,” claims the former trial attorney. “As a consequence of that, we have to declare an amnesty … I think that with such amnesties the authorities are trying to correct mistakes that ruined human lives. If Armenia had an independent judiciary, about 50 percent of the existing prisoners would not be behind bars.”
“Yerkir” links the announcement by Gagik Tsarukian’s Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) that it will not form electoral alliances with the amnesty and the anticipated dialogue between President Serzh Sarkisian and the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK). “Prosperous Armenia is thus letting it be known that it would not come to terms with a rapprochement between the [ruling] HHK and the HAK that could happen at the expense of its interests,” comments the paper. It claims that Tsarukian is openly threatening to break up the current governing coalition.
Meanwhile, Hovannes Markarian, a leader of Orinats Yerkir, another junior coalition partner, tells “Zhamanak” that his party may team up with Sarkisian’s Republican Party (HHK) ahead of the next parliamentary elections. “It is also possible that we will participate [in the elections] on our own,” he says.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” shrugs off the opposition Dashnaktsutyun party’s demands for the Armenian government’s resignation that were voiced in the National Assembly on Wednesday. “Tigran Sarkisian’s government is indeed a scourge for Armenia,” says the pro-HAK daily. “But it hasn’t become like that today. That scourge existed one year ago and two years ago. And yet the Dashnaks became active only after the government blamed its failings on the previous authorities. Namely, [former President] Robert Kocharian.”