“Yerkir” says the latest scandals surrounding senior Armenian officials herald not the government’s impending downfall but the start of a “period of stagnation” in the country. “Apart from political intrigues, there are no longer serious processes taking place in any area of state governance,” writes the paper.
“It’s a simple rule: when the opposition is not active debate moves on to the government camp,” editorializes “Aravot.” “As the last two months have shown, the [opposition] HAK has adopted a passive tactic … Because of that passive stance public attention has focused on differences within the government camp. But if somebody hopes that those differences will eventually lead to an explosion, then that is a wrong calculation. Nobody within the government would admit that there are disagreements among them. But within the government there is after all a debate.” The paper says that debate centers on the question of how to ensure the ruling establishment’s victory in the forthcoming elections.
“At the moment it is evident that the main political conflict is within the [ruling] coalition,” Stepan Safarian, a leader of the opposition Zharangutyun (Heritage) party tells “Irates de facto.” Safarian claims that this is a prelude to a “political crisis.” He says at the same time that the HAK is wrong to think that this will change the political status quo and benefit the opposition alliance. “I think this is a baseless and short-sighted calculation because the opposition of 2003 had the same expectations,” says Safarian.
“Iravunk” quotes a senior member of the ruling Republican Party (HHK), Ruben Tadevosian, as saying that the HHK will hold an annual congress soon. Tadevosian says that preparations for the congress are already underway. “We will hold it after finishing the selection of delegates,” he says. But Tadevosian avoids giving any dates for the gathering.
“Zhamanak” reports that the new chief of the Armenian police, Vladimir Gasparian, is not only continuing sweeping personnel changes in key police structures but has ordered a crackdown on unruly pedestrians in Yerevan. “Is that what was needed to complete, so to speak, the [police] reforms?” the paper asks skeptically.