“Zhamanak” says the latest moves by Gagik Tsarukian’s Prosperous Armenia Party (HHK) suggest that it is getting ready for an “intensive fight” with President Serzh Sarkisian’s Republican Party of Armenia (HHK). The paper points out that the BHK has been joined by Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian and businessman Gurgen Arsenian and will admit more figures to its ranks. It says the BHK would hardly need them if it was ready to content itself with the status of the HHK’s junior partner. It is still not clear, though, whether Tsarukian plans to openly cross swords with Sarkisian, adds the paper.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” says three former opposition politicians, notably Artashes Geghamian, are in no rush to confirm reports that they will run in the upcoming parliamentary elections on the HHK ticket. Citing unnamed sources, the paper says Serzh Sarkisian wants them to become parliament deputies with the specific goal of arguing with lawmakers from Levon Ter-Petrosian’s Armenian National Congress (HAK). “Serzh Sarkisian does not want Republicans to play such a role in the next National Assembly,” says the pro-HAK daily.
Samvel Harutiunian, a dissident member of the HAK, criticizes Ter-Petrosian’s political strategy in an interview with “Hayots Ashkhar.” He complains that the HAK leadership is not “radical” enough in campaigning for regime change. “We will continue our popular struggle and have nothing to do in the HAK anymore,” Harutiunian says, referring to four small opposition parties.
Education Minister Armen Ashotian tells “Zhoghovurd” that he will actively take part in the HHK’s election campaign without going on leave or vacation. “I am sure that the Republican Party will remain the key political player [after the elections,]” he says. Ashotian claims that he does not think about being a minister in the government and would duly accept any appointment proposed by Sarkisian.
In an editorial, “Aravot” comments on the post-election protests in Russia. “The main difference from the 2008 Armenian elections is that the post-election processes are organized not by participants of the electoral race but by those who are called non-systemic opposition,” writes the paper. It says the latter have a greater chance of success because they haven’t bored Russians as much as the defeated opposition presidential candidates have. In Armenia, by contrast, there are no “fresh figures” on the political arena, the paper says.