“Hayots Ashkhar” says that the fight against government corruption in Armenia must be waged not only through stricter punishments but also a major revision of laws. The paper says the authorities must realize that “only in that case will there be a noticeable decrease in corruption.”
Arman Grigorian, a senior member of the Armenian National Congress (HAK), tells “Aravot” that he stands by his forecast that the opposition alliance led by Levon Ter-Petrosian will have a center-left orientation. “The social base of the Congress is our ordinary citizens, small business and true intelligentsia that are sick and tired of plunder and corruption,” explains Grigorian. “They considered the existing system unjust and intolerable and demanded its radical transformation. That transformation would have been impossible if the Congress had come to power and contented itself with only establishing law and order and holding free elections. The Congress would have definitely had to express the interests of that base, which would have translated into radical reforms in the social sphere and tax system and the area of equal opportunities. It would have been impossible to do that by limiting the role of the state.”
In an interview with “Hayots Ashkhar,” Hovsep Simonian, the candidate of the opposition Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) for next month’s mayoral election in Gyumri, complains about a lack of popular interest in the election campaign. Simonian also emphasizes substantial differences between Dashnaktsutyun and the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) that has dominated the election favorite, Samvel Balasanian. Dashnaktsutyun is a far more democratic party, he says.
Naira Zohrabian, a senior BHK figure, tells “Zhoghovurd” that the Armenian government does not seem to realize the seriousness of problems facing Armenia. “We already stand on the brink of a disaster and I can’t understand how some people can look at the situation so lightly and give humorous interests on emigration,” she says. “Today people deal with various bodies plagued with complete injustice.”