“Zhamanak” says the future of relations between the Republican (HHK) and Prosperous Armenia (BHK) parties “has nothing to do with problems facing the Armenian society.” “Also having nothing to do with them are calculations done by other so-called parliamentary forces with regard to the preservation and use of their several [parliamentary] mandates,” writes the paper. “The Armenian society and the political system are living their own lives. As time goes by it is becoming increasingly evident that those lives are becoming more and more detached from one another.”
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says that not only ordinary voters but also members of election commissions and even some opposition parties “sold out” en masse on election day. The paper also says that the price of that sellout does not matter much.
“Unfortunately, the political field in Armenia is not formed through elections and that is why 99 percent of the opposition is left out,” Aram Sarkisian, the leader of the opposition Hanrapetutyun (Republic) party, tells “168 Zham.” “Only 10-20 representatives of the opposition manage to get [parliamentary] mandates but they can’t solve problems. So I don’t see anything wrong in staying with the people on the street. I believe that in a country like ours issues are solved by means of a democratic revolution.”
“Yerkir” reports that the Moody’s credit rating agency has reacted positively to the outcome of the Armenian parliamentary elections on the grounds that it bodes well for political stability and continuity of government policies. “In the eyes of Moody’s, our internal stagnation is a good sign because, as they found out, the main challenge facing Armenia is the Nagorno-Karabakh issue and the closed border with Turkey,” comments the paper.
Gagik Minasian, a senior parliament deputy from the ruling HHK, assures “Hayots Ashkhar” that his party won the May 5 fair and square. Minasian also claims that the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) gifted the BHK many opposition votes by cooperating with Gagik Tsarukian’s party in the run-up to and during the elections.