“Zhamanak” says the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) is playing the role of Serzh Sarkisian’s main rival “with a quite low effectiveness.” “Assuming, of course, that there is no more or less considerable component of a secret agreement with Serzh Sarkisian in the accomplishment of that mission,” writes the paper. “The failure by Serzh Sarkisian’s rivals to accomplish objectives set by the public means that a number of issues important to Serzh Sarkisian have automatically found solutions, at least temporarily.”
“Irates de facto” is certain that the Armenian opposition will not nominate a single presidential candidate to challenge Sarkisian. The paper says that former Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian will not dare to run for president if Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) leader Gagik Tsarukian chooses to back Sarkisian’s reelection. It points to a criminal case pending against Oskanian.
Deputy parliament speaker Eduard Sharmazanov tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that he hopes opposition forces regard the February 2013 presidential election as an “ordinary political process,” rather than an opportunity for “new upheavals or clashes.” “Some people or political forces may need upheavals, but we need a strong Armenia,” he says. “After all, everyone must understand that any attempt to divert the situation into the path of undesirable developments is doomed to fail.” Sharmazanov says this message is particularly addressed to the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK). He claims at the same time that the HAK is so weakened and divided now that there is no consensus within the opposition bloc on key issues facing Armenia.
Interviewed by “Aravot,” Galust Sahakian, a deputy chairman of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), accuses opposition and civil activists of “politicizing” the June fatal beating of a military doctor at a Yerevan restaurant owned by Ruben Hayrapetian, an influential businessman affiliated with the HHK. Sahakian says that “a small segment of the society has harassed” Hayrapetian. But he also claims that the tycoon decided to resign from the Armenian parliament not because of this pressure.