(Saturday, April 28)
“Yerkir” says that news of three Armenian soldiers killed in an apparent Azerbaijani ambush attack in northern Tavush province on Friday “caused an explosion in our hearts.” “‘Again?’ each of us has asked themselves and, grinding our teeth, demanded an adequate retaliation,” comments the paper. “The thing is that the incident took place not on frontline positions but on a road connecting two villages. That means children, women, ordinary villagers could have fallen victim to the Azerbaijanis. But what is the difference? We have lost soldiers and not on the positions, in action, but almost in the village.”
In an interview with “Haykakan Zhamanak,” Artsvik Minasian, a senior member of the opposition Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), stresses the importance of a joint election structure set up by Dashnaktsutyun, the Armenian National Congress (HAK) and the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK). “I believe that all forces should have rallied around that idea,” he says. “Unfortunately, there are political forces that are trying to play intrigues in this field. I think the joint headquarters has already produced results.” Minasian points to an appeal to the Constitutional Court planned by the three political forces.
“Zhamanak” wonders that they will do if the Constitutional Court rejects the appeal. “This is the same Constitutional Court that validated all elections rigged in Armenia from 1995-2008,” notes the paper. “This is the court that has not halted any unconstitutional action in Armenia taken by the authorities. And to appeal to that court today means to waste time and not know what to do to hamper the [ruling] HHK’s reproduction. That the HHK will secure several hundred thousand non-existent votes for itself through voter list manipulation and number fixing is now probably obvious even to children. The joint [multi-party] headquarters seems to have chosen the most childish way of countering that.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” complains that apart from lavish socioeconomic promises the key election contenders have so far said little about what they think should be the country’s political, economic and cultural priorities. One might think, the paper says, that only socially vulnerable voters and “tramps” will be electing Armenia’s new parliament on May 6. “This suggests that either our society has become significantly poorer in the last few years or that the political forces themselves have become poorer in the intellectual and ideological sense,” it says. “An in-depth examination shows that we are probably dealing with a combination of the two factors.”