“Zhamanak” says that in announcing its preparations for a dialogue with the Armenian authorities on Tuesday the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) remained one step ahead of them. The pro-HAK paper says the authorities still feel that any gesture to the HAK would damage their prestige.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” also sees the HAK gaining a “position advantage” over the government camp. “Further developments could unfold under two scenarios,” writes the pro-HAK daily. “Either negotiations on pre-term elections end in success and precipitate regime change, or they fail and every rally held by the Congress becomes more powerful than the previous one.” It claims that the HAK will therefore get stronger in any case.
“Yerkir” says that attendance at Tuesday’s HAK rally in Yerevan was visibly weaker and that HAK leader Levon Ter-Petrosian once again showed that “wishful thinking is more important for him than reality.” “Basing all analyses on a desired imagination, rather than reality, is a matter of technique. And Ter-Petrosian does have that knack,” comments the paper linked with the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun).
“Hayots Ashkhar” brands HAK leaders as “neo-Bolsheviks” and claims that their speeches are becoming “more and more aggressive.” The pro-presidential paper say they are blackmailing the government with their demands for fresh elections.
“Deep down, a demonstrator realizes that there is no guarantee that those coming to power through a revolution will be better rulers and substantially differ from the current ones,” writes “Hraparak.” “But he wants to punish [the current government] for stealing his votes, ignoring his will, denigrating him and condemning him to a poor and humiliating life. To punish, kick out and go home with a sense of satisfaction. Who can blame a rebellious and revolutionary person? He is always just and right.”
“Consumer prices are again rising, albeit more slowly,” “Kapital” reports, presenting the latest official data on consumer price inflation in Armenia. It shows consumer prices rising by an average of 0.4 percent in May. They were up by 9 percent from the May 2010 level. According to the business daily, the increased cost of imported fuel was a major factor behind this inflation rate.