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“Zhoghovurd” says that the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) now needs to “increase the number of its allies” despite its landslide victory in Sunday’s parliamentary elections. The paper says that the HHK and its presently sole true ally, the Orinats Yerkir party, could face stiff competition in the new National Assembly in advance of the February 2013 presidential election.

“The oppositions have always lost in Armenia but this latest defeat seems to have closed a cycle,” writes “Zhamanak.” Armenia, it says, badly needs to “get rid of defeated oppositions and the overall syndrome of opposition defeat.” “Parallel to that there is a need to form a new opposition field that would be free from that syndrome and try to find a formula for victory,” the paper says.

“For the majority of Armenia’s citizens elections and the constitution are now extremely general categories,” says “Aravot.” “At the social level there is a perception of the good and the wrong. There are relations between friendly and hostile families. There is a benefactor who ‘thinks about the people,’ a father or a king, and there are officials who do not think about the people … Such citizens can easily take 10,000 drams, vote for the HHK or the BHK and then go to a rally and pour scorn on a government not thinking about the people. The only way out is to educate and enlighten citizens, not with demagogic and clamorous speeches but with one’s own example.”

“Hayots Ashkhar” says the political forces defeated by the HHK should have had the “courage to admit their defeat and congratulate the winner.” “Unfortunately we have what we have,” writes the pro-government paper. “The opposition chose to follow the trodden path. Instead of looking for reasons for its failure among themselves, they have started looking for scapegoats in the authorities.”

“The final election results have not yet been released but our authorities are in a victorious mood,” writes “Hraparak.”

(Tigran Avetisian)
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