“Yerkir” comments on the decisions by Justice Minister Hrayr Tovmasian and Finance Minister Vache Gabrielian to join the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK). “If that was the result of an order issued by the HHK, then the ruling party has made us finally convinced that the existence of party membership badges in the area of state governance is more important for it than the human and professional qualities of a person,” writes the paper. “If [Tovmasian and Gabrielian] are joining [the HHK] on the basis of their convictions, then one wonders why they did not do that before becoming ministers.”
Spartak Seyranian, a spokesman for the opposition Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), tells “Aravot” that unlike the HHK his party will not recruit singers, artists and other new members ahead of the May parliamentary elections. “Such a phenomenon cannot be observed in our party,” he says. “Frankly speaking, that’s not what we find important in trying to achieve our objectives.”
Victor Soghomonian, the spokesman for former President Robert Kocharian, tells “Haykakan Zhamanak” that the latter will likely make another public statement soon. “I can’t give you exact dates but I’m sure he will speak up,” says Soghomonian. “I can only presume that he will speak up before the parliamentary elections. I don’t know yet whether that will be an interview or a statement.” Soghomonian also downplays the fact that Kocharian was not invited to the upcoming congress of the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK). The ex-president has never attended party conventions, he says. Soghomonian further stresses that much of what the press writes about Kocharian should not be taken seriously.