“Hraparak” claims that President Serzh Sarkisian has hold senior members of his Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) that they should aim for his first-round victory in next year’s presidential election through the use of “all resources” at their disposal. As for his predecessor, Robert Kocharian, the paper speculates that he is on the contrary interested in Sarkisian’s very narrow victory in a two-round vote that would enable him to become prime minister.
Political analyst Alexander Iskandarian discusses the allegedly pro-Kocharian Prosperous Armenia Party’s (BHK) possible behavior during the presidential race in an interview with “Hayots Ashkhar.” “Of course, they will try to break up Prosperous Armenia,” says Iskandarian. “Will that work? Will the BHK bow to pressure? Nobody can say for sure. Politics is politics. Of course, we are no Azerbaijan, but we are no Holland either.” Iskandarian finds possible the BHK’s participation in the 2013 election with its own candidate.
Iskandarian also describes as natural the fact that Gagik Tsarukian’s party is being courted by both the ruling HHK and the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK). “The BHK is a valuable prize which the authorities and the opposition want to get,” he says. “The problem is that the BHK doesn’t fancy itself with such a status.”
“Aravot” reports that the controversial dismantling of retail kiosks in Yerevan seems to have stopped. “The atmosphere is very peaceful in the [city’s] administrative districts,” says the paper. “In Erebuni, for example, nothing is happening in that respect. Furthermore, the impression is that kiosk placement there is continuing.”
“Zhoghovurd” reports that Armenian courts have handed two rulings favoring media in as many days. The paper points to the rejection of lawsuits filed against “Hraparak” and “Iravunk.” “This is certainly a welcome trend, assuming that there are no other motives behind it,” it says. “Finally, various wings of the current authorities are starting to realize that the independent media is one of the most established systems in newly independent Armenia.”