(Saturday, November 5)
“In Armenia, an absolutely monolithic power alone is not a guarantee of government security or smooth elections,” “Zhamanak” writes in an editorial. “It’s a very important prerequisite but not a guarantee because a new center of influence has now emerged in Armenia: the Armenian citizen.” Therefore, says the pro-opposition daily, President Serzh Sarkisian cannot ensure his electoral victory only by neutralizing his predecessor Robert Kocharian.
Vahan Hovannisian, a leader of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), tells “Aravot” that “the bureaucratic apparatus” is increasingly taking over the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK). He says this is being done to ensure the HHK’s and Serzh Sarkisian’s victory in the next elections at any cost.
“Yerkir” says that as a result of the latest resignations of senior Armenian officials HHK’s election campaign headquarters is becoming an “unconstitutional body wielding real power in the country.” The Dashnaktsutyun-controlled paper denounces this process as a coup d’etat. “The reason is more than clear: the right to decide the outcome of the 2012 elections belongs only to the Armenian people,” it sys. “Depriving the Armenian people beforehand of a chance to make that decision, the Republican Party is declaring … its determination to prevail in such an event. This is simply a political bid to defeat the Armenian people.”
“Hraparak” quotes Finance Minister Vache Gabrielian as saying that he has no immediate plans to join the HHK or any other party but “can’t rule out anything” in the future. Pressed by the paper, he avoids clarifying what he will do if he is instructed to become an HHK member.
“Hayots Ashkhar” is worried about what it sees as the spread of far-right extremism and xenophobia in Russia. “We often do not take seriously or simply pretend not to notice this side of the Russian reality,” writes the paper. “Or maybe we do not want to notice it. Or maybe we quickly forget it until yet another news of the murder of an Armenian citizen or simply an ethnic Armenian individual in Russia.”