Interviewed by “Aravot,” Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian denies any differences between two of his deputies, Davit Tonoyan and Vladimir Gasparian, over civic protests against non-combat deaths of Armenian soldiers. (Gasparian blasted human rights groups criticizing the military, while Tonoyan was more positive about their activities.) “Attempts to cause a split within the army leadership are doomed to fail,” says Ohanian. “I don’t take seriously some people’s claims about my supporting one deputy minister and not supporting another.”
“Yerkir” says that once again the governing Republican (HHK) and Prosperous Armenia (BHK) parties are trying to overcome their friction “in an artificial fashion,” by blaming the media. “That despite the fact that they themselves provide information baits, escalate the situation with their statements, actions and information leaks, try to exert pressure on one another and gain dividends from that,” writes the paper.
“At least the first phase of intra-governmental disagreements can be considered to have come to an end with the HHK’s de facto victory over the BHK,” writes “168 Zham,” pointing to BHK leader Gagik Tsarukian’s latest statement. The paper expects Tsarukian to eventually state that he will be supporting Serzh Sarkisian in the 2013 presidential election. It says Tsarukian on Monday also effectively turned down cooperation offers from the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) and its leader Levon Ter-Petrosian in particular.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” looks at Ter-Petrosian’s Friday announcement that the HAK will be seeking to gain strong presence in the next Armenian parliament and thus try to impeach Sarkisian “single-handedly or in alliance with other forces.” The pro-HAK paper says Ter-Petrosian thus gave other opposition forces another chance to prove that they are really committed to regime change. But, it says, one of them, Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), has responded by saying that it will not join forces with the HAK. The paper alleges that Dashnaktsutyun is reluctant to cooperate with Ter-Petrosian’s bloc because it maintains secret ties with the government.