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Press Review


(Saturday, July 9)

Levon Zurabian, a leader of the Armenian National Congress (HAK), tells “Haykakan Zhamanak” that there is a limit to the opposition bloc’s desire and ability not to destabilize the political situation in the country. “If the people revolt, clearly a confrontation will be inevitable and we will suffer losses,” he says. “But at least there will be a chance for the victory of democracy … The authorities must understand that by participating in democratic processes they will have to go but they will go gradually, without shocks and in a somewhat dignified manner.”

“Yerkir” says proponents of “decisive actions” within the HAK seem to be gaining ground. “That means [Levon] Ter-Petrosian’s undisputed authority and tactics based on long-term calculations is gradually eroding,” writes the paper. “It is becoming obvious that the authorities are trying to play for time and constantly make overtures to [the pro-government Prosperous Armenia Party] and the HAK. The former is needed by the authorities to ensure internal political stability and maintain the integrity of the government’s power base, while the latter for maintaining a balance in the foreign policy sphere and creating a semblance of internal accord … Just how long all this will continue depends on forthcoming developments in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.”

“I don’t know whether what is now happening between the authorities and a part of the opposition is a war of words or dialogue,” Stepan Safarian, a leader of the opposition Zharangutyun (Heritage) party, tells “Hayots Ashkhar.” “All we can do in these circumstances is to express opinions, which is what we are doing.”

“The main causes of emigration are illegalities and a lack of prospects that form the basis of our country’s political and economic systems,” writes “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun.” The opposition paper says that breaking up those systems is a very difficult task. “People are capable of doing everything for the sake of their wealth, and [the deadly street violence of] March 1, 2008 came to bear out this view,” it says. “They shot ten people on March 1 and retained both their power and wealth accumulated through that power.”

(Aghasi Yenokian)
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