“Aravot” says the decision by the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) to cooperate with the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) of Gagik Tsarukian in the parliamentary race is based on a “wrong calculation.” “It is now evident that in this election campaign the HAK is pinning its hopes on the calculation that by garnering quite a few votes the BHK will be in a position to adopt an opposition or semi-opposition position against Serzh Sarkisian and the current president’s positions will weaken as a result and [HAK leader] Levon Ter-Petrosian will have better chances in the forthcoming presidential elections,” says the paper. “Feeling that it does not have enough human and material resources, the HAK decided to fight against the regime by means of the BHK’s resources.” The paper says this stance will only lose the HAK more supporters.
“Zhoghovurd” says the BHK has taken center stage in the election campaign and is being actively courted by other election contenders. The paper says this has only increased Tsarukian’s political clout.
A spokesman for the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), Artur Khachatrian, tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that it is too early to speculate whether his party will cooperate with the HAK in the new parliament. He says that the two political forces are currently working together only within a multilateral framework also involving the BHK.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” claims that government loyalists are concerned about HAK leaders’ calls for Armenians to take vote bribes from pro-government parties but vote for the opposition. “One may think that taking a vote bribe and voting accordingly is the pinnacle of morality [for the government backers,]” the pro-HAK daily says with sarcasm.
“Yerkir” says U.S. President Barack Obama’s latest April 24 address has had less resonance in Armenia than his previous statements on the Armenian genocide anniversaries. “No disappointments have been voiced,” writes the paper. “This, of course, results from the absence of expectations. But the main apparent reason is that Armenians in Armenia and around the world are learning to approach this issue more soberly and without emotions.”