“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says that President Serzh Sarkisian has decided to replace “quasi-criminal figures” by pop singers, other artists and even journalists in his Republican Party’s list of candidates for the May 6 parliamentary elections. “In essence, nothing will change as a result of that because it doesn’t matter who will be pressing [vote] buttons [in the parliament,]” writes the pro-opposition paper. “In one way or another, the National Assembly is an ineffectual body because laws are written in the presidential administration or the government,” it says.
“Hraparak” lists three reasons why being a parliament deputy is prestigious in Armenia. “It gives [political] weight to people lacking weight and makes those having weight weightier,” writes the paper. It says a parliament mandate also gives its holders additional protection against law-enforcement and other state bodies. “And finally, it’s an opportunity to do nothing and get a salary for five years and, if you are dexterous, a chance to make lots of money,” it says.
The parliamentary leader of the Republican Party (HHK), Galust Sahakian, tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that there is nothing wrong with the HHK’s decision to choose a new campaign motto. “In the last five years the Republican Party has done a lot of work under President Serzh Sarkisian’s leadership,” he says. “Its results are visible in our life.”