“Yerkir” says that Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian’s Wednesday remarks in parliament were a direct threat issued to political forces other than the Republican Party (HHK). The paper says he made clear that the HHK will seek a tighter grip on power at the expense of other politicians and groups not supporting President Serzh Sarkisian.
Commenting on the remarks, Vartan Bostanjian, a parliament deputy from the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK), tells “Iravunk” that BHK members have never been motivated by personal gain. “That is, they have never had groundless aspirations and desires to be left empty-handed,” he says.
“Irates de facto” quotes HHK deputy Artak Zakarian as not ruling out the possibility that the ruling coalition will fall apart before the next elections. “It’s hard to tell what will cross whose mind later on,” says Zakarian. “Based on political realities and the existing situation, internal and external circumstances, the preservation of the coalition both before and after the elections stems from the interests of our state.” Zakarian also says that the HHK is ready to resume dialogue with the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK).
“Zhamanak” says the resignation of Yerevan Mayor Karen Karapetian seems to herald “a new wave of changes within Armenia’s government system.” The paper says the ouster of Karapetian’s predecessor Gagik Beglarian last December already caused such a wave. It suggests that the latest resignation could to deeper and “noisier” consequences.
Citing statements by Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, BHK deputy Nair Zohrabian tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that Azerbaijan will use its seat in the UN Security Council to advance a pro-Azerbaijani solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. “In these circumstances, it is not comprehensible, to say the least, why the Armenian side does not react to all this,” she says. Zohrabian dismisses statements by politicians and analysts downplaying the Azerbaijani membership in the council. “If [as they say] the UN is a rotten structure, what are the 192 countries of the world doing there? What is Armenia doing there?” she asks.