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“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” classifies Armenians opposed to their government into two categories. “A part of them follows a political force and seeks regime change in the hope that a new government would do a better job of taking care of the people,” says the paper. “The other part does not believe in and pin hopes on any political force but thinks that one should fight and somehow change the situation. Now the segment of the society that hoped there will be regime change … is disillusioned and back at home. But thousands of people are ready to continue the struggle without following any political force.”

“Hraparak” says that opposition attempts to use the new Armenian parliament for toppling the government would be doomed to fail. “It appears that ordinary people understand that better than some oppositionists who are expected to take not such desperate steps but engage in serious parliamentary work,” editorializes the paper. “The first phase of that [work] is the policy program to be submitted by the government and its detailed examination.”

“Irates de facto” quotes Artashes Geghamian, a former opposition leader who won a parliament seat on the ruling Republican Party’s ticket, as saying that opposition parties had every right to criticize the government during the parliamentary election campaign. “If the government’s economic activities do not satisfy you, then you have an opportunity to come up with an alternative approach,” Geghamian says. He says that the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK), the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) and the Armenian National Congress (HAK) have clever individuals with good knowledge of macroeconomics. They are capable of “presenting alternative programs” that could be accepted parliament’s pro-government majority, claims Geghamian.

“Yerkir” says that the Armenian authorities decided to target former Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian even though he is not the “most vulnerable” member of the BHK. The paper says BHK leader Gagik Tsarukian and other businessmen making up his political team are more susceptible to government pressure and harassment. It claims that the authorities moved against Oskanian because he has developed a “huge influence” on the party and “embodied BHK efforts to look more political.” “The authorities are indirectly blaming Oskanian for the fact that the BHK refused to form a coalition with [President Serzh Sarkisian’s] HHK, and they are worried that his uncontrolled public activities could lead to a complete loss of the BHK,” it says.

“Zhamanak” says that former President Robert Kocharian does not deserve to return to government because he did little for Armenia during his ten-year rule. “In that sense, with the endless talk about his comeback Robert Kocharian will remain for Serzh Sarkisian a weapon against the outside world in the coming months,” speculates the paper.

(Aghasi Yenokian)
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