“What happened in Kazan was absolutely predictable,” Artak Davtian, a parliament deputy from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), tells “Hayots Ashkhar.” “It was not by chance that before the meeting Armenia’s leadership as well as many analysts were saying that progress greatly depends on the Azerbaijani president’s position.” Davtian echoes Yerevan’s claims that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev came up with new demands that were unacceptable to the Armenian side.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” notes that Armenian authorities did not block the retransmission of a Russian television channel that broadcast a military parade in Baku on Sunday. “They use such tricks only when international broadcasters cover [Armenian] opposition rallies,” says the paper. “They don’t care about the advertisement of the Azerbaijani army. They may even be buoyed by it because they think that the demonstration of enemy power will force the [Armenian] people to abandon revolutionary thoughts and rally around Serzh Sarkisian.”
“Zhamanak” reports on the U.S. State Department’s annual report on human trafficking around the world. The paper says the report is rather critical of Armenian law-enforcement authorities. It says this means that the U.S. is unhappy with the work of Armenia’s Office of the Prosecutor-General whose anti-trafficking efforts it has supported financially in recent years.
“Yerkir” reports that Abraham Babayan, the incumbent mayor of the southern Armenian town of Ararat running for reelection, made a “noteworthy confession” on Tuesday. “There will be no vote bribes this time around,” he is quoted as saying of the upcoming mayor election in Ararat. “But I think that the turnout will be high.” “Abraham Babayan did not specify why he has decided not to hand out vote bribes this time around?” adds the paper.
“Hraparak” accuses the authorities of methodically “destroying the electoral system.” “While in the past there was no election in high-level national elections, in recent years the electoral system has been consistently removed from all other elections as well,” claims the paper. “The most terrible thing is that the notion of elections is disappearing from people’s consciousness.”