“On the one hand, the authorities are speaking about faith and change, separating business and government, but on the other hand are heading for the elections with candidates who do not inspire trust and even generate opposite feelings in the society,” writes “Zhamanak.” The paper says that in their quest to cling to power the authorities have “already transcended all possible moral boundaries.”
Gagik Jahangirian, a senior member of the Armenian National Congress (HAK), tells “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” that many former political prisoners will be among the opposition alliance’s candidates for the May 6 parliamentary elections. “But all of the more than 100 political prisoners cannot be election candidates,” he says, adding that the HAK’s electoral list should also comprise political figures who were not jailed following the March 2008 violence in Yerevan.
“Aravot” reports that Victor Dallakian, a former opposition parliamentarian, has joined the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) and will run for the parliament on the HHK ticket. “If we look at the issue without excessive emotions, we will see that it is beneficial for the HHK to have a competent person familiar with legislative techniques within its ranks,” writes the paper.
Parliament speaker Samvel Nikoyan assures “Irates de facto” that Armenia’s political leadership would only be satisfied by an explicitly positive assessment by Western monitors of their handling of the upcoming vote. “We need a clear jump in that direction,” he tells the paper.
“Our party has never handed out and will not hand out vote bribes,” Heghine Bisharian, deputy chairwoman of the governing Orinats Yerkir party, tells “Hayots Ashkhar.” “People have always voted for the party in view of the huge work that we have done.”
“Serzh Sarkisian has succeeded in creating a situation in which there are practically no radical opposition forces,” writes “Zhoghovurd.” The paper says Sarkisian’s most dangerous political foe is his own track record in office which it considers dismal.