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In an interview with “Aravot,” deputy parliament speaker Eduard Sharmazanov comments on written questions regarding the June 17 violence at Yerevan’s Harsnakar restaurant that have been sent to law-enforcement bodies by the opposition factions in the National Assembly. “If the law is breached, the state has bodies authorized by the constitution to put questions to culprits,” he says. “There is a law-enforcement system in Armenia, and I don’t think that representatives of one or another political party should present law-enforcement bodies, real professionals … with a questionnaire on one or another criminal case. There is an investigation, the right to its secrecy, there are professionals, and I don’t think that any party should meddle in legal issues.”

“Hayots Ashkhar” quotes Naira Zohrabian, a senior representative of the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK), as launching a scathing attack on Gyumri Mayor Vartan Ghukasian and “his clan.” Zohrabian says that “Gyumri must be saved from the rule of that character.” “That man thinks that the city is his property and any candidate’s ambition to get elected to that post is probably regarded as a disproportionate assault on his fortune,” she says. Zohrabian also accuses the controversial mayor of stirring up tensions in the city ahead of the September 9 mayoral election.

“Hraparak” reports and comments on mounting tensions between the BHK and the opposition Zharangutyun (Heritage) party. Stepan Safarian, a Zharangutyun leader, is quoted as saying that the BHK’s verbal attacks on his party are counterproductive. For his part, BHK spokesman Tigran Urikhanian tells the paper that it is Zharangutyun that has been trying to “insult” his party “for certain considerations.” He refuses to specify those considerations. “Whenever there is a desire, intention and possibility to ensure a concrete result, Zharangutyun does not participate,” Urikhanian says. “Whenever there are steps that smack of provocation and are doomed to fail right from the beginning, Zharangutyun seems to try to get other political forces to deal with that.”

(Aghasi Yenokian)
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