“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says there is a growing sense in Armenia that “political life is effectively dead, political parties are finished and the only hope is that various non-governmental and civic organizations will manage to spawn a new force from their ranks and bring the country out of this situation.” “There is certainly an element of truth in this and that is apparently the reason why the authorities have started fighting against civic initiatives much more seriously,” comments the paper. It says the authorities are worried because those groups occasionally force them to make concessions, no matter how small. “And the authorities can’t let anyone solve issues in their place,” it concludes.
“Zhamanak” is highly pessimistic about Armenia’s new parliament, saying that its composition testifies to the “degradation” of the domestic political system. The paper sees extremely low public expectations from a National Assembly dominated by “oligarchs” and other individuals with questionable reputations.
In an interview with “Hraparak,” Yerjanik Abgarian, a prominent member of the Armenian National Congress (HAK), seems to defend the opposition bloc’s cooperation with the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) in the last parliamentary elections. He admits, though, it may have lost the HAK votes. The HAK leadership should therefore be “quite cautious in those relations” with the BHK, adds Abgarian. He says the HAK should get concrete reassurances from the BHK before mapping out further cooperation with Gagik Tsarukian’s party.
“Hayots Ashkhar” says the BHK should have understood and foreseen reactions from the government and the opposition to its decision to team up with President Serzh Sarkisian and his Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) after the May 6 elections. “It turned out that the BHK is not prepared for that as evidenced by its week-long silence,” says the paper sympathetic to the president.