“Zhamanak” claims that President Serzh Sarkisian seems ready to “radically abandon services” of parliament speaker Hovik Abrahamian in the run-up to Armenia’s presidential election. The paper points to a new “fairly big wave of attack” launched by Sarkisian’s Republican Party (HHK) against the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) of Gagik Tsarukian, who is thought to maintain a close rapport with Abrahamian. “If the Republican attack forces the BHK to back Serzh Sarkisian, then it will mean that Tsarukian has given in to pressure from not only Sarkisian but more low-level [HHK] figures,” it says.
“Hayots Ashkhar” quotes Hovannes Sahakian, a senior HHK lawmaker, as suggesting that all major political actors except the HHK are waiting to see what Tsarukian will do before deciding on their participation in the presidential election. Sahakian plays down statements on the election made by Tsarukian’s allies. He says that only the BHK leader can give final answers to questions about his party’s stance on the election. Sahakian also mocks the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) for “flirting” with the BHK.
“Zhoghovurd” criticizes the BHK for delaying its widely anticipated decision the presidential contest. The paper claims that this delay shows that Tsarukian’s party is “simply not independent” and not as influential as many think.
“Hraparak” dismisses as disingenuous President Serzh Sarkisian’s criticism of judicial and law-enforcement authorities and claims that “it has angered, rather than buoyed, people.” According to the paper, many Armenians wonder if it has taken Sarkisian four years to see the serious problems in the law-enforcement system.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” comments on Finance Minister Vache Gabrielian’s remark that the informal sector of the Armenian economy accounts for roughly one-third of the country’s official Gross Domestic Product. Citing an international survey, the paper says that in fact as much as 57 percent of the economy is “in the shadow.”