“Hraparak” quotes Hovik Abrahamian, the outgoing parliament speaker, as saying that he learned about Mikael Minasian’s intention to “help” him manage the ruling Republican Party’s election campaign from state television. “I highly appreciate his concern about our country, the need to hold free and transparent elections … and I will work with Mr. Minasian with great pleasure,” he says. Abrahamian also claims that he is not worried about the possibility that Minasian’s real mission will be to keep an eye on him. “I am convinced that Mr. Minasian is going to help me,” he says.
Gyumri Mayor Vartan Ghukasian tells “Iravunk” that relations between the HHK and the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) are “not intertwined” in Armenia’s second largest city. “By and large, everyone is minding his business,” he says. “If we separate, the president will know [what to do,]” adds Ghukasian. “The second city always follows the first city’s politics.” Asked whether he wants such separation, he replies, “Honey, I stand for peace. But other parties and structures should now stand by the president … I’m an enemy of those who defect, I don’t like them, I despise them.”
“Yerkir” reports on rumors that President Serzh Sarkisian has promised veteran politician Vazgen Manukian and his former associates, who left Manukian’s National Democratic Union (AZhM) in the past, seats in the next parliament if they rejoin forces. “There are rumors that Serzh Sarkisian is thus trying to create a counterweight to the Armenian National Congress (HAK),” it says.