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“Hayots Ashkhar” claims that most parties that contested the Armenian parliamentary elections accepted their official results “with delight” even if they some of them claim the opposite. The pro-government paper is also glad that the political forces that won seats in the National Assembly represent 95 percent of voters who participated in the elections. It says the official election outcome also debunked recent years’ “myth about the extreme radicalization of the Armenian society.”

“Haykakan Zhamanak” says that within the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) and the Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) there are factions that are in favor of and against a new coalition agreement between the two forces. In particular, the paper says, some HHK elements are eyeing government positions currently held by BHK members. “The HHK would have at least four more ministerial portfolios in that case,” it says. But other HHK figures think that the BHK should remain in government at least until the 2013 presidential election.

“In these elections Serzh Sarkisian’s calculation was not to upset any of the main players to such an extent that they would be driven into the radical [opposition] field,” writes “Zhoghovurd.” “Dashnaktsutyun should have been least satisfied with the results. But judging from that force’s stance, Serzh Sarkisian had won over Dashnaktsutyun in advance, during pre-election meetings with [Dashnaktsutyun leader] Hrant Markarian.” The paper says that Sarkisian has had little reason to worry about the more radical opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) since last summer. It claims that the HAK weakened itself by first engaging in a dialogue with the government and then making overtures to the BHK later in 2011. The paper also speculates that another opposition party, Zharangutyun, owes its new parliament seats to the HHK’s “good will.”

“Hraparak” comments on the fatal crash of a Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 plane in Indonesia. The paper points out that Armenia’s Armavia national airline was one of the first carriers to order and use such planes. Armavia acquired its first Sukhoi Superjet 100 last year and plans to buy more such jets in the next few years. “The crash of this plane lacking international recognition could call into question the expediency of its further exploitation, and we think that the Armavia management must give explanations to this effect soon,” the paper says.

(Tigran Avetisian)
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