“In our country, nobody probably likes making grandiose judgments about patriotism as much as our oligarchs do,” writes “Hayots Ashkhar.” The paper says that only desperate people can believe in their sincerity. “For them, politics is just one form of investments that must be recouped,” it says. “How should it be recouped? With the creation of a legal framework favorable for their businesses.”
“Aravot” says the nomination of single opposition candidates has been one of the false and unrealistic notions related to elections held in Armenia since 1995. “In reality, it’s a trap into which oppositionists fall from time to time, and government representatives greatly contribute to that,” editorializes the paper. It expects to see several opposition leaders running for president next year and aspiring to the status of a single presidential candidate. “What we need today is not [merely] opposition and joint candidates,” it says. “What we need today is a political force and a candidate that would have a positive message acceptable to the society.”
Speaking to “Hraparak,” Ashot Aghababian, a parliament deputy from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), blames Gyumri Mayor Vartan Ghukasian for the HHK’s relatively poor showing in the city in the May 6 parliamentary elections. He accuses Ghukasian of mismanaging Gyumri and alienating its residents. Aghababian also voices strong opposition to Ghukasian’s participation, as an HHK candidate, in a mayoral election due on September 9.
Zoya Tadevosian, a member of the Armenian National Congress (HAK), tells “Zhoghovurd” that the recent decision by Davit Shahnazarian, a senior HAK figure, to leave the opposition alliance has had a “big influence on the opposition-minded public.” “All this has given rise to discussions, which is natural,” she says. “Quitting the HAK doesn’t mean quitting political struggle. This must not be turned into a tragedy.” Tadevosian denies a mass exodus of activists from the HAK.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says problems encountered by Syrian Armenians in Armenia are exposing the Yerevan government’s true attitude to the state and the Armenian Diaspora. “One gets the impression that Armenia’s authorities are doing everything to stop Syrian Armenians coming to Armenia,” claims the pro-opposition paper. “Why? Because Armenians living in Syria are potential tourists … while those moving to Armenia are ordinary refugees that themselves require state funding.”