“Yerkir” says that the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) of Gagik Tsarukian has come under renewed pressure from the Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) to pledge support for President Serzh Sarkisian’s reelection in 2013. The paper believes that the BHK is now in a better position to resist that pressure because the political situation in the country has changed since the beginning of this year. In particular, it says, former President Robert Kocharian’s return to active politics is now a more real possibility.
“Aravot” is skeptical about speculation that the HHK has given the BHK one week to decide whether or not it will contest the next parliamentary elections single-handedly. The paper says that such stories are made up by journalists and commentators because “nothing interesting is happening in the political life.” “The Armenian National Congress (HAK) is to blame for that as it is in no rush to rally the people against the kleptocracy,” it writes with sarcasm.
Armen Martirosian, a leader of the opposition Zharangutyun (Heritage) party, tells “Hraparak” that in theory it might form alliances with the HAK, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) and “other forces.” He says that cooperation with the ruling HHK is not realistic because the Armenian government will not agree to annul the Turkish-Armenian protocols, formally recognize Nagorno-Karabakh as an independent state, call fresh elections and turn Armenian into a parliamentary republic.
“Hayots Ashkhar” quotes a senior HHK, Rafik Petrosian, as insisting that Armenian libel legislation does not violate the country’s constitution and must therefore not be repealed or amended. Petrosian criticizes the state human rights ombudsman, Karen Andreasian, for asking the Constitutional Court to consider declaring its most controversial provisions unconstitutional. He accuses Andreasian of hypocrisy, arguing that the ombudsman was one of the authors of the law.