“Zhamanak” says that Serzh Sarkisian took more “logical” and “serene” steps at the start of his presidency in 2008 than he does now. “The longer Serzh Sarkisian’s tenure lasts the more contradictory, illogical, unexpected and unpredictable the processes, phenomena and events in Armenia become,” writes the paper. It claims that Sarkisian is short of time ahead of the May parliamentary elections and is therefore acting in haste.
“Yerkir” reports on the failure by the ruling United Russia party to win a majority of votes in the weekend Russian parliamentary elections. The paper wonders whether this unexpected outcome will affect “the consciousness of our voters.” “Will it instill and deepen the view that a vote is indeed power and respecting your own right to elect could entail the kind of outcome that will make changes in Armenia’s political system inevitable?” it asks.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” dismisses the ruling HHK as a one-man party where all decisions are single-handedly made by President Serzh Sarkisian and any “discussion” is a mere formality. Things are very different within the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK), writes the paper sympathetic to the HAK. “The Congress brings together political forces, and naturally each of them has its own opinion,” it says. “There is no such thing in the HHK. Furthermore, there is not even one view there.”
Speaking to “Irates de facto,” Aram Manukian, a senior HAK figure, claims that fresh presidential and parliamentary elections in Armenia are still possible and that most HAK supporters and members are of the same opinion. “We have that possibility,” he says. “The existing squabbles within the regime foster and accelerate that possibility. I hope that there will be a serious consolidation next spring because the authorities will be even weaker … We are seeking pre-term elections while getting ready for regular ones.”