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“Will the authorities resist the temptation to perpetrate vote falsifications with so much [fraud] experience and mechanisms at their disposal?” asks “Hraparak.” “Will members of election commissions dare to defy vote rigging orders and spurn that one-off chance to make money? Will the opposition manage to fight in a dignified manner? Namely, through a well-organized and consolidated system, rather than hysterical screams. It’s hard to tell.”

Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian assures “168 Zham” that his government is committed to creating “the kind of environment that would preclude out-migration from Armenia.” But he says the scale of out-migration has drastically fallen since the 1990s. “As for the dynamics of the last five years, you can see that the [2009] crisis created a negative environment and spurred out-migration,” says Sarkisian. “But as we started overcoming the crisis the pace of the out-migration went down.”

Speaking to “Hayots Ashkhar,” deputy parliament speaker Eduard Sharmazanov criticizes the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) for blocking a government bill and boycotting Tuesday’s parliament session. “I think that if the BHK finds it necessary it can draw conclusions and see what it has gained,” says Sharmazanov. “At the same time I want to stress that the boycotting force always suffers from political boycotts.”

Interviewed by “Yerkir,” Vahan Hovannisian, the parliamentary leader of the opposition Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), attributes the tensions between the BHK and the Republican Party (HHK) to the upcoming parliamentary elections. Hovannisian says the BHK was wrong not to inform the HHK about its rejection of the bill beforehand. He at the same time disagrees with government claims that the bill will contribute to the fight against corruption. “That is not the case because the Republicans have been in power for at least 17 years and no anti-corruption work has been done during those years,” adds Hovannisian.

“Zhamanak” says there is nothing wrong with former President Robert Kocharian’s possible return to the political scene. “Quite the opposite, the society could actually benefit from that,” writes the paper. It argues that if Kocharian resumes political activities he will have to give answers “for everything that happened during his presidency.” “The society will get an opportunity to directly put questions to him,” it says.

(Aghasi Yenokian)
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