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The “Aravot” editor expects an election campaign to kick off ‘in two or three months’ and bring along a commonly practiced ‘election period charity’ in Armenia when wealthy businessmen try to buy their way to parliament through various benevolent deeds. “But what they will do for people, even if they do it not as a one-off action but continuously, throughout their five-year term as members of parliament, still cannot be called charity. It is pure business, an investment in exchange for which the businessman gets profits and will never prove the losing party in this deal by any means.”

“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” argues that no project or work initiated by President Serzh Sarkisian in the past several years have been carried through or proved successful in the end. “Whatever he has initiated would go wrong, perhaps with the exception of the chess team. And he [Sarkisian] has endeavored quite a lot, for instance a Turkish-Armenian rapprochement. And what did it bring? Today Armenian-Turkish relations are much tenser than before the Zurich protocols. He has also urged Diaspora Armenians to invest in Armenia, but no serious investment has been made yet. Things have proved even worse as some of those doing business in Armenia have left. Then he declared his intention to fight oligarchy and oligopolies. And how many oligarchs have been busted or how many monopolies have been broken in the past three years or so?”

“Yerkir” writes that the force seeking to dialogue most has proved the losing party in the formal dialogue between the government and the opposition. “Now political forces in Armenia are in a situation that prompts the search for an occasion to start a new process to manipulate the public. A new trap is, in fact, being set up for the public in the form of the presentation of new demands. The problem, however, is not so these ambitions as the opportunities for freely maneuvering.”

“Hraparak” editorializes on the recent talk about former Armenian president Robert Kocharian’s possible political comeback in the wake of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s declared intention to return to the Kremlin. “Alarm has been sounded across the Armenian world… They are talking about this matter as if Kocharian’s return were like a calamity, an earthquake or a tsunami that manhood – in this particular case the entire Armenian nation – is powerless to stave off. If a person can successfully make such a comeback despite all this negative attitude and opposition, it means he deserves it. If he can foist his will on an entire nation and do whatever he wants, then it means he is the strongest of all and deserves to rule over us. But this only shows that the Armenian community is not the master of its fate. It also means that a whole state is a toy in the hands of its neighboring power where all events are mirrored in our reality and we decide absolutely nothing.”

(Aghasi Yenokian)
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