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“Hraparak” deplores the passive attitude shown by opposition political parties in applying for membership in election commissions. The paper notes that no candidates from any opposition faction have applied for the competition announced by the Ombudsman for seats in the Central Election Commission.

“Furthermore, our party figures arrogantly state that the outcome of elections will not be decided at the Central Election Commission… Political parties with long-term platforms should realize that there are no trifles in elections,” stresses the daily.

“Aravot” editorializes on Constitution Day that was marked in Armenia on July 5: “The Constitution must be respected regardless of how it was adopted. It is also true that the text of the Constitution after the 2005 reform is much better than the original adopted in 1995. But our Basic Law as well as all other state institutions bear the stamp of illegitimacy and coupled with people’s indifference it spoils Constitution Day as a holiday. But what overshadows the Constitution and other laws more is the fact that they are not enforced in earnest.”

“Zhamanak” interviews the International Crisis Group’s Caucasus Project Director Lawrence Sheets, asking him about the likelihood of war in the Karabakh conflict zone and whether it is possible to resolve the conflict militarily. The expert replies: “Our organization and I have repeatedly stated and written that both parties to the conflict have used some hostile rhetoric in the past couple of years. I must once again emphasize that a new war will be of a completely different nature than the previous one that went on until 1994. And the primary reason is the level of the parties’ armaments. Judging from the information that we have, this armament continues. It is possible that a new war will take place not only within the territory of Karabakh, but also beyond it. The war will be dangerous because it may involve Russia, Turkey and even Iran. And this is quite a worrisome situation.”

“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” reacts to the public initiative of a group of intellectuals aimed at curbing emigration from Armenia. “The reality is that emigration is a concrete evil and concrete people are responsible for this evil,” writes the daily, bringing an example: “Each supermarket that opens in Yerevan directly contributes to the emigration of 10-15 families, because all the surrounding corner shops go bankrupt and their owners realize that they no longer have anything to do in this country.”

(Tigran Avetisian)
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