“Yerkir” says that when a politician or businessman says that they are examining the platforms of political parties to decide on whose ticket to run for parliament it is obvious that they don’t care much about ideologies and are only keen to get elected. “The problem is not the ambitions of such people but the conditions which make the self-realization of these parasites not only possible but even legitimate,” writes the paper.
Parliament speaker Samvel Nikoyan tells “168 Zham” that he expects a “very interesting and real political struggle” in Armenia’s upcoming parliamentary elections. He says that the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) is now in “much better positions” than it was before the previous elections because “the situation in our republic is much better.” Nikoyan also notes that the HHK’s junior coalition partners, the Prosperous Armenia (BHK) and Orinats Yerkir parties, share responsibility for government policies with his party. “I do realize that during the pre-election period everyone will try to use government resources but dodge responsibility and make the public believe that the HHK is solely responsible for problems,” Nikoyan says in reference to the BHK and Orinats Yerkir.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” quotes Lyudmila Sargsian, the leader of one of the parties affiliated with the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK), as denying reports that it has demanded three top spots on the HAK’s list of election candidates. Both she and Vartan Grigorian, the leader of another HAK party, are quoted as saying that the opposition alliance led by former President Levon Ter-Petrosian has not yet discussed the composition of that list.
“Usually people run out of money after the New Year’s holidays and life seemingly dies for a couple of weeks before being slowly revived in the second half of January,” writes “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun.” “Things are different this year.” The opposition daily alleges that many small shops have closed down since January 1.