“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” attacks those politicians and public figures who say that a mere change of the president and other key government members would not make a difference in Armenia and thereby question the radical opposition’s campaign for regime change. “A myth that individuals do not matter and it’s the system that is bad is thus being created little by little,” writes the pr-opposition paper. It claims that such talk only plays into the government’s hands.
“Yerkir” analyzes sweeping personnel changes within the Armenian police that were initiated by the new national police chief, Vladimir Gasparian. The paper says those changes suggest that Gasparian has in-depth knowledge of the police apparatus and is making changes there with President Serzh Sarkisian’s blessing. “But the key question is what objective is being achieved with these moves,” it says. “For the moment there is no reason to think that the police may finally stop catering to vested interests and turn to the society.”
Ruben Hayrapetian, an influential businessman and parliament deputy, tells “168 Zham” that he supports any action taken by President Sarkisian. “If the president tells me not to run [for parliament again,] I won’t run,” he says. Hayrapetian agrees that Sarkisian’s recent pledge to separate business from government may mean that he and many other wealthy deputies will be barred from the next National Assembly. Hayrapetian also welcomes the resignations of parliament speaker Hovik Abrahamian and other senior officials because “whatever our president does is right.” “Unlike all of us, he calculates things very well,” says the controversial tycoon.
“Hayots Ashkhar” predicts that there will be no “elements of surprise” in the unfolding campaigning for the May 2012 parliamentary elections. “Both the government and opposition camps are led by individuals who have been well-known for a while,” explains the paper. “The society has stable and long-established opinions about them.” The vast majority of voters will not change those opinions before the polls, it says, adding that political forces seeking to make a strong showing need to come up with “bright personalities.” “The political scene needs them a lot,” concludes the paper.