“Aravot” says only six or seven political forces will be major contenders in the Armenian parliamentary elections. The paper says it hopes all of them will be represented in the next National Assembly and none will have an absolute majority there because that would make the political process more democratic. It says none of the other political parties will stand a chance of winning a single parliament seat. It says this is the reason why one opposition party, Nor Zhamanakner (New Times), does not plan to join the electoral race.
Ruben Tadevosian, a senior functionary from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), tells “Iravunk” that it is still not known who will occupy the top ten places on the party’s list of election candidates. Tadevosian says the list be made public “in a few days time.” He also says President Serzh Sarkisian and other HHK leaders will present their “vision for the future” at a party congress on Saturday.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian’s recent trips to various regions and meetings with local HHK supporters are at aimed at anything but hearing voters’ views on the government and problems facing Armenia. The opposition paper claims that Sarkisian and other government officials say nothing about the realization of their election promises given in 2007 and 2008.