“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says that in Gyumri alone some 4,000 families still lack adequate housing 23 years after the 1988 earthquake. “Robert Kocharian declared 13 years ago that the term disaster zone must be gone in two years,” writes the opposition paper. “Not only has it not been eliminated but the socioeconomic situation there is getting worse day by day.” It says this reality did not keep Gyumri’s controversial Mayor Vartan Ghukasian from building a luxury hotel there recently.
“Zhamanak” says relations between President Serzh Sarkisian and Kocharian are not the only reason for the ongoing infighting within Armenia’s political leadership. The paper claims that there are also “quite serious disagreements” within Sarkisian’s Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) as well as “between the presidential palace and the HHK.” It says they are more serious that the squabbles between the HHK and the presumably pro-Kocharian Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK). “For the moment the authorities do not have enough resources to ensure developments of the same intensity on several fronts and steer them to an end,” it says.
“Yerkir” accuses the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) of being intolerant of any pro-opposition media outlet that dares to question or disagree with some HAK actions. The paper cites an HAK statement this week saying that the opposition bloc has “no connection” with “Zhamanak.” It says that from now on “Zhamanak” will be treated as an “enemy and traitor” by the HAK.
In an interview “Hraparak,” Raffi Hovannisian, the leader of the opposition Zharangutyun (Heritage) party, discusses the party’s calls for the ruling HHK to apologize for verbal abuse shouted by one of the HHK deputies at a fellow lawmaker from Zharangutyun on the parliament floor last week. “An apology presupposes not only a moral integrity but the strength of a man, a citizen and true party member,” says Hovannisian. “If somebody, including the candidate for the post of National Assembly speaker, finds that strength, he himself will apologize. But I don’t expect and ask for that. Everyone must appear before our society with their own standards.”