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“Yerkir” criticizes the Armenian authorities for refusing to bow to growing street protests against the construction of shops in a Yerevan park. The paper says they suffer from a “syndrome of infallibility,” have lost touch with reality and are stubbornly refusing to reckon with public opinion.

“Zhoghovurd” reports that Artur Aghabekian, a well-known member of the opposition Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), was among delegates at a weekend congress of the Yerkrapah Union that pledged support for President Serzh Sarkisian in the upcoming elections. “Yerkrapah is a big structure and representatives of different parties are affiliated with it,” Aghabekian says. He downplays the Yerkrapah statement in support of Sarkisian, saying that members of the union of Karabakh war veterans are “free to make decisions.”

Armen Martirosian, a leader of the opposition Zharangutyun (Heritage) party, tells “168 Zham” that it is still negotiating with another opposition party, Free Democrats, on the possible formation of an electoral alliance. “There are lots of issues that need to be agreed upon,” he says. “At this point I find it hard to say what we will decide. But it is clear that we at least see large room for cooperation with Free Democrats.”

“Zhamanak” former Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian’s decision to join the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) should be worrisome for both the government and the opposition and the Armenian National Congress (HAK) in particular. The paper says the development suggests that the rift between former President Robert Kocharian and his successor Serzh Sarkisian has deepened. At the same time, it says, the BHK will be seeking to win more votes at the HAK’s expense. “Prosperous Armenia seems to be aspiring to the role of the HAK’s strategic rival,” speculates the pro-opposition daily.

Aram Sarkisian, a leading member of the HAK, assures “Aravot” that the opposition alliance led by former President Levon Ter-Petrosian has every reason to expect to win the May elections. “Because public life has not improved and people are not starting to live better,” he says. “This country has never been so hopeless before. The most important thing now is create hope among the public, instill the energy to fight in them.”

(Aghasi Yenokian)
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