“Yerkir” blasts Armenian election candidates who have repeatedly switched sides during their political careers, saying that neither they nor their new patrons are explaining their latest political choices. “They probably think that if they privately agreed and understood each other then so did their potential voters,” writes the paper. “In fact, the real reason for this behavior is that the factor of voters’ desire and expectations played no role in those agreements.”
“Zhamanak” sees a serious contradiction between the Prosperous Armenia Party’s criticism of the government’s economic policies and its unwillingness to leave the ruling coalition. “Why isn’t Prosperous Armenia leaving the coalition and not trying to differentiate itself from the Republican Party (HHK) if it is subjecting our reality to such harsh criticism?” asks the paper. “After all, by leaving the coalition the BHK would not thrust the country into upheavals or carry out a revolution … As long as Prosperous Armenia is part of the ruling coalition its opposition stance cannot be taken seriously.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” mocks the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) for planning to be the last election contender to release its list of candidates for tactical reasons. “This is the most successful tactic chosen by the HAK during its four-year struggle,” writes the pro-government paper. “At last the radicals have proved that they are unbending and, what is more, determined and principled. Especially when it comes to the publication of [electoral] lists. They can achieve victory in this process.”
Ashot Adamian, a well-known actor supporting the HAK, tells “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” that the ruling HHK’s electoral list explains why most Armenians distrust the government. He says that the list is dominated by “opportunistic” individuals.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports on the authorities’ reluctance to register businessman and HAK member Khachatur Sukiasian as a candidate on the grounds that he has been absent from Armenia for more than ten months in the last five years. The pro-opposition paper considers this stance politically motivated. It argues that the electoral authorities are set to register Eduard Madatian, the pro-government former transport minister who has spent even less time in Armenia in recent years. Madatian was on the run from 2004-2008, accused of plotting to assassinate Robert Kocharian and Serzh Sarkisian.