“Hayots Ashkhar” challenges the assertion by Levon Zurabian, a senior member of the main opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK), that the field of political struggle has a clear division – the government with its administrative resource, financial resources and brutal force on the one side and the HAK and the people of “high civil and legal consciousness” on the other.
“A question arises: where does that self-confidence of the HAK come from when even the polls and surveys conducted by most independent western centers lately show its popularity hovering around a few percent? Moreover, who has said that the HAK enjoys the monopoly for “high civil and legal consciousness”?” the paper writes.
“Yerkir” suggests that the conduct of ‘unprecedentedly free and fair elections’ promised by the government also depends on how far this government responds or is willing to respond to the demands of the society. “But even a glance cast at the lists of candidates in the upcoming elections presented by the ruling party is enough to understand that not only has the government failed to lend an ear to the society’s demands, but it has treated these demands with utter neglect,” the paper comments.
The “Aravot” daily’s editor says he divides Armenian politicians into “square heads” and “non-square heads” rather than “pro-government and opposition”, or “good and evil”: “The square heads think with clichés and tailored formulas and believe that using them is the best means of waging political struggle and campaigning. Non-square heads actually create or try to create new formulas, which may prove wrong, but still would favorably compare to the stereotype approaches of their opponents.”
“Zhamanak” speculates that by appointing a new police chief in the Kotayk province, which has long been regarded as the fiefdom of Gagik Tsarukian, the ruling Republican Party of Armenia has launched its ‘second attack’ against the Tsarukian, the influential tycoon who heads the second largest governing party, Prosperous Armenia (BHK). The paper suggests that the BHK and its leader are thus losing position after position in the increasingly competitive election race against its senior coalition partner.