“Armenia’s national soccer team is being turned into a sort of ideal that embodies all those qualities which we have long tried to find in ourselves but to no avail,” editorializes “Yerkir.” “We always thought that collectivity and integrity, the creation of a strong mechanism made up of individuals does not suit the individualism of our nation. Our young and promising footballers have proved that by being just like that [mechanism] not only can we be interesting to the outside world and ourselves but also make other reckon with us, even if they treat us unjustly.”
Armen Martirosian, a leader of the opposition Zharangutyun (Heritage) party, tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that most Armenians are “alienated from both the state and political forces. “We must try reverse that loss of confidence, which is also the result of disillusionment, as soon as possible,” he says. That, according to Martirosian, means showing the people that the ruling regime and political forces supporting former Presidents Levon Ter-Petrosian and Robert Kocharian are not the only actors on the political stage. Martirosian also says that while his party wants President Serzh Sarkisian to go, unlike Ter-Petrosian’s Armenian National Congress (HAK) it admits that it cannot achieve regime change on its own.
“Although President Serzh Sarkisian has not resigned, it can be said that Levon Ter-Petrosian has achieved its goal: campaigning for the presidential election has started,” writes “Hraparak.” “No matter how much they say that Armenia must get out of the Ter-Petrosian-Kocharian-Sarkisian triangle, the political struggle will continue to be among these politicians and forces grouped around them.” The paper says the key question now is whether Kocharian and Sarkisian will end up in rival camps and just how serious their differences are.
“Zhamanak” alleges that a census that began in Armenia on Wednesday is part of government preparations for the falsification of the 2012 parliamentary elections. The pro-opposition daily says that the main purpose of the census is to inflate the number voters and thus enable the authorities to fix election results. “For rigging elections through violence is becoming more and more difficult to digest,” it says. “The authorities prefer to resort to that only in case of most extreme necessity.”