“168 Zham” says that by blocking a government bill on Monday deputies from the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) once again proved that government denials of serious differences within the governing coalition should not be taken seriously. The paper believes that the coalition is now “hanging by the thread.” “It is evident that the coalition partners now barely stand one another,” it says in an editorial.
“This is not yet a final political divorce between the two coalition forces,” writes “Yerkir.” “The parliament is not the platform where such fateful decisions are made … But with this step the BHK showed just how large role it plays in terms of preserving the government and what serious problems it can create for both the [ruling] HHK and the government in case of directly or indirectly gravitating towards the parliamentary opposition.”
“Hraparak” looks at “lessons” to be drawn from the controversial arrest and subsequent release of journalist Hayk Gevorgian. “Of course, the public outcry made an impact and this is one of the few cases where everyone, regardless of political and ideological differences, is unanimous in thinking that the police committed a mistake, to put it mildly, and must rectify it as soon as possible,” writes the paper. “The accusation [leveled against Gevorgian] was so ludicrous that one would find it extremely hard to agree with the police. At the same time we can draw very sad conclusions: if they commit such a mistake with regard to a journalist one wonders what they do to ordinary citizens and whether that becomes known to the public.”
“Aravot” says that President Serzh Sarkisian and his entourage seem to be reconsidering their plans to limit the presence of “oligarchs” in Armenia’s next parliament. “Judging from the fact that businessmen themselves have stated that they would like to become deputies as well as politicians’ claims that those oligarchs are not really oligarchs but active lawmakers, one should presume that the business class will be represented in the new parliament just as equally, if not more broadly,” editorializes the paper.
Avet Adonts, Armenia’s ambassador to Belgium, assures “Azg” that the planned easing of the European Union’s visa requirements for Armenian citizens will not facilitate emigration from the country. Adonts argues that the Armenian government will formally pledge to “readmit” its citizens illegally residing in EU countries and facing deportation. A relevant readmission agreement with the EU will actually “minimize illegal immigration” from Armenia, he says.