“Yerkir” salutes Rafik Atayan, mayor of the Armenian village of Kajaran, for resigning in protest against the planned transfer of village lands to Armenia’s largest metallurgical enterprise. The paper calls the move a “unique manifestation of independence and civic stance in the area of governance.” “The Kajaran mayor’s step reminds us that patriotism starts not from slogans but from the ability to sacrifice, if necessary, one’s well-being for public interests and not to betray one’s roots, land and water,” it says.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says the unfolding preparations for the 2012 parliamentary elections are exposing “substantial differences” between the work styles of Serzh Sarkisian and Robert Kocharian. “The first difference is that in reproducing his regime Kocharian preferred brute force, the power of money and criminal structures, while Serzh Sarkisian has chosen to rely on legal systems, namely security structures,” writes the paper. It says Sarkisian is now trying to use the Armenian police as “his main weapon and political support base.”
“Zhamanak” speculates that Kocharian might replace Gagik Tsarukian as the leader of the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK). The paper claims that for Tsarukian this would be the only way to dodge responsibility for “the regime’s reproduction.”
Galust Sahakian, a senior member of the ruling Republican Party (HHK), tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that the nearly four-year existence of the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) has proved necessary for Armenia. “The HAK’s existence and track record have demonstrated to some geopolitical forces that the problems of the Armenian people are different and that the people will not allow Armenia to move along the path of color revolutions,” he says. Sahakian also pours scorn on the Zharangutyun party but is full of praise for another opposition party, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun). He says that despite being critical of the government Dashnaktsutyun readily cooperates with the HHK and other government forces on “national-state issues.”