“Hraparak” criticizes former President Robert Kocharian and other former senior Armenian officials for taking up well-paid jobs abroad after leaving office. “Maybe the country’s [current] president and prime minister too dream about finding a job in a nice European country,” speculates the paper.
“Yerkir” laments the absence of “clear-cut ideological and value systems” in Armenia. “In their absence, political parties cease to represent various sections of the society, turning into clans of people brought together by some interests,” writes the paper controlled by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun). This means that partisanship takes precedence over competence and professionalism, it says, pointing the finger at the government, the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) and the Zharangutyun (Heritage) party. The paper goes on to attack Zharangutyun for condemning Dashnaktsutyun support for the new speaker and vice-speaker of the Armenian parliament.
“Zhamanak” claims that the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) is quietly warning the government that it might leave the ruling coalition and join the opposition camp. The paper speculates that the BHK is specifically showing support for Dashnaktsutyun. “And that means the expression of a Kocharian-Dashnaktsutyun-BHK triangle or three-tier chain,” it says, adding that the BHK is thus also telling Levon Ter-Petrosian’s HAK that “it is not going to abandon Robert Kocharian.”
“Aravot” asks Stepan Demirchian to comment on rumors that he and some other senior HAK figures oppose cooperation with the BHK favored by Ter-Petrosian. “I don’t see serious disagreements,” says Demirchian. “The issue of cooperation can be discussed only after the BHK leaves the coalition and joins the opposition. Until that happens any talk around that issue will be needless. I will add that the opposition should not pin its hopes on intra-governmental disagreements that exist today but may not exist tomorrow. It should instead rely on our society, soberly analyze the situation and act as effectively as possible.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” notes that the official biography of the newly elected parliament speaker Samvel Nikoyan says nothing about the fact that he headed the “infamous” parliamentary commission that investigated the 2008 post-election violence in Yerevan. “What does this mean?” it says. “At least two things. First, Nikoyan realizes that he has reached these heights as a consequence of the March 1 commission’s work but wants to bypass this fact … He does not want to once again admit that just like his boss he got hold of a state post through the blood of ten innocent citizens of Armenia.”