(Saturday, October 13)
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says that in democratic nations politicians have a vested interest in having good reputations and avoiding embarrassing scandals because they need votes in elections. “In Armenia, however, this is not the case because here public opinion and election have practically nothing to do with each other and the parliament is formed on the basis of totally different principles,” writes the paper. “That is why our politicians are not quite afraid of being branded fraudsters,” it says.
Deputy parliament speaker Eduard Sharmazanov tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) expects Gagik Tsarukian’s Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) to support President Serzh Sarkisian in next year’s presidential election. Sharmazanov argues that BHK has not officially disavowed a 2011 declaration that committed Tsarukian’s party to endorsing Sarkisian’s reelection bid. “Since there is no other document on the presidential election carrying Gagik Tsarukian’s signature he will be supporting President Serzh Sarkisian’s candidacy,” says Sharmazanov.
But as political strategist Armen Badalian tells “168 Zham,” HHK figures make very different statements in private conversations. In that context, Badalian dismisses HHK representative Galust Sahakian’s recent remark that the HHK and the BHK are not mortal enemies because they have “sung the same song” for a long time.
“Zhamanak” quotes Sos Gimishian, the leader of one of the small opposition parties aligned in the Armenian National Congress (HAK), as criticizing HAK leader Levon Ter-Petrosian and his entourage for “playing games” with the BHK. He believes that this strategy has lost the opposition alliance many supporters. “For me, the most important thing in politics is decency,” says Gimishian. “The opposition must be honest and sincere in the first instance.” Gimishian also suggests that the HAK will not throw its weight behind a presidential candidate nominated by any other political force.