“Will Serzh Sarkisian succeed in getting Gagik Tsarukian’s Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) to participate in the parliamentary elections jointly with the Republican Party (HHK)?” asks “Zhamanak.” “If he does, it will mean that one partisan entity has ceased to exist in Armenia’s political field. Just like Orinats Yerkir, Gagik Tsarukian will turn into a structure catering to the Republicans’ interests.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” scoffs at statements by the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) “exaggerating” differences within the governing coalition. “If you listen to those analysts, you may think that being part of the coalition is a terrible and vicious thing,” says the pro-government paper. “They say nothing about the fact that the coalition was formed as a result of elections and through a political act which nobody has annulled.”
Razmik Zohrabian, a deputy chairman of the HHK, tells “168 Zham” that the ruling party could have avoided forming the coalition with the BHK and Orinats Yerkir in 2007 and 2008 because it had enough seats in the parliament. “We are a big party with well-trained members and those people joined our party out of respect for its programs and ideology,” he says. “They had sleepless nights so that we gain a [parliamentary] majority. They have the right to say that ‘we are the rulers and yet you distributed positions that we deserve to the coalition partners.’” That distribution is “not right,” Zohrabian adds ambiguously.
“Yerkir” dismisses investigators’ assurances that Surik Khachatrian, the controversial Syunik governor, “regrets” assaulting a woman. “With that regret he rendered a service to investigators from the Special Investigative Service who seized upon it to close the criminal case,” says the paper. “Otherwise, the poor guys would have to think of other ploys to spare ‘Liska’ that minor headache.” It claims that the SIS’s decision not to press assault charges against Khachatrian resulted from a “political order” coming from the country’s supreme leadership. “This was a defeat for the state in front of its citizens,” concludes the paper.
“Aravot” quotes Petros Makeyan, the leader of one of the opposition parties aligned in the HAK, as saying that the opposition bloc has had a number of important “achievements,” including the release of the “political prisoners,” in the course of 2011. “The HAK has become a systemic political unit, something which the criminal-nomenklatura forces making up the coalition lack,” he claims. “The HAK’s main failing is that the regime still exists,” adds Makeyan.