“It’s the tenth day of the new year but no remarkable event has occurred in Armenia yet,” complains “Zhamanak.” “Not even a statement. The multitude of crucial and vital issues existing in Armenia makes it imperative for us to use every day, hour and minute and bring the country of an extremely severe psychological and socioeconomic situation … But nothing is happening in Armenia, giving the impression that we are the most carefree country in the world that has no problems and can only celebrate its achievements.”
“The Republican Party (HHK) has become terribly kinder ahead of the elections,” “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” writes with sarcasm, commenting on the HHK’s pledge not to impede a parliament debate on a voting reform proposed by the opposition. The main thing, according to the opposition daily, is that the HHK-led parliamentary majority will block that reform. The paper says the Armenian authorities need continued parliamentary elections in single-mandate constituency to make vote rigging easier.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” quotes Vartan Bostanjian, a deputy from the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK), as implying that the BHK also opposes the opposition initiative. “As much as that proposal looks logical, it could create an unnecessary fuss,” he says. Bostanjian claims that the opposition bill will be difficult to pass also because of poor attendance of the last sessions of Armenia’s current parliament.
“Yerkir” says that the HHK, the BHK and Orinats Yerkir, the third party represented in the Armenian government, will not form an electoral alliance after all. “That is certainly positive in terms of ensuring a competitive environment in the elections,” editorializes the paper. “On the other hand, an ambiguous situation is emerging around the coalition declaration [issued in February 2011.]” It points that out that declaration said the three parties will not challenge each other in the elections. “If this key provision is violated, then the declaration is null and void,” says the paper. “And that should be officially confirmed.”
“I must say that today’s Republican Party is not the Republican Party of 2007,” Razmik Zohrabian, an HHK deputy chairman, tells “Aravot.” “We have changed. There are conceptual changes in our political positions.” Zohrabian says that the HHK has been implementing far-reaching reforms that are increasingly felt by the electorate.