Stepan Safarian, a senior member of the opposition Zharangutyun (Heritage) party, tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) is key to bringing more clarity to the Armenian political scene. “The BHK’s reorientation in favor of one or another political camp could change the balance of forces and boost chances of that camp,” he explains.
In an interview with “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun,” Davit Matevosian, a senior member of the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK), stresses the importance of the HAK’s cooperation with the BHK in the presidential race. But he says that cooperation will yield success only if they pick former President Levon Ter-Petrosian as their joint candidate.
Another opposition figure, Zhirayr Sefilian, tells “Aravot” that elections held in Armenia since 1995 have been a sham and the 2013 ballot will not be different. Despite this, he says, leading opposition parties are willing to contest it. “Most people engaged in politics in Armenia have a merchant’s mentality,” claims Sefilian. “For them, politics is a business plan to ensure their personal welfare. And that is very beneficial for the regime.”
“In recent years, the role of propaganda and PR techniques in our reality has grown so much that it sometimes looks as though our entire state system is busy doing only one thing: PR,” writes “Zhoghovurd.” “From the country’s president to prime minister, everyone is busy advertising what they have or have not done, trumpeting achievements in their respective areas and presenting fiction as reality.”