“Hraparak” expects Friday’s opposition rally in Yerevan to answer many questions regarding further political developments in Armenia. “Those waiting for Levon Ter-Petrosian’s speech will go to the [Liberty] square with revolutionary calls,” editorializes the paper. “Radically-minded people think that now is the time to switch to decisive actions.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” says Ter-Petrosian’s Armenian National Congress (HAK) should clarify at the rally when or whether it will “come out of the whirl of its own illogical steps.” “On the one hand, the HAK is demanding pre-term elections, but on the other preparing for regular elections,” says the pro-presidential daily. “On the one hand, it is demanding the resignation of the ‘kleptocracy,’ on the other negotiating with the authorities. On the one hand, it is expressing its love for Russia, on the other plotting against it in conversations with U.S. diplomats … As a result of all this, the HAK has ceased to be a force that can be trusted by the opposition section of the society.”
“Whether or not the authorities like that, it is now evident that the country’s political agenda is defined by the HAK and that they only take actions in response,” Smbat Ayvazian, a senior member of the HAK, tells “Irates de facto.” “All this means that a denouement is imminent,” says Ayvazian.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” blasts intellectuals who it says are “deciding on social websites which political force the people should rely on and whether or not it is worth fighting” against the government. The pro-HAK paper does not name those individuals.
“Yerkir” the Armenian authorities continue to ignore corruption and abuse allegations appearing in the media against various government officials. “What is more, at the highest level [such allegations] are regarded something very understandable,” the paper says, adding that officials get in trouble only if they fall out with their bosses or if the country’s “political configuration” changes. It claims that the sacking and arrest on corruption charges of Colonel Margar Ohanian, chief of the Armenian road police, is one such example.