“Zhamanak” looks at the possibility that the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) of Gagik Tsarukian will back opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian in the upcoming presidential election. The paper says this might explain why a top Ter-Petrosian aide implied recently that Tsarukian and former President Robert Kocharian should cooperate with Ter-Petrosian’s Armenian National Congress (HAK) if they are to retain their political positions and economic assets. But it says Kocharian may well block a possible BHK endorsement of Ter-Petrosian.
“Zhoghovurd” says that for all its criticism of government policies the BHK has not quite acted like an opposition party in the last few months. The paper says the party is therefore more likely to end up supporting President Serzh Sarkisian’s reelection in February. In any case, it says, the BHK’s election-related stance will be single-handedly decided by Tsarukian.
“Hayots Ashkhar” quotes Razmik Zohrabian, a deputy chairman of Sarkisian’s Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), as saying that the BHK should harbor no hopes of getting hold of the post of prime minister in case of a possible deal with the presidential camp. “Giving the post of prime minister to someone else would mean sharing power,” he explains. “But diarchy, especially in our conditions, would not lead to anything good.”
“Aravot” says a Eurasian Union of former Soviet republics advocated by Russia would be “a new Soviet Union” led by authoritarian rulers. The paper is unhappy that none of Armenia’s major political groups has categorically rejected this idea. “Having power or aspiring to power, they feel obliged to please the Kremlin, which is now promoting the Eurasian project,” it says in an editorial.
In an interview with “Hraparak,” Khachatur Kokobelian, the chairman of the opposition Free Democrats party, rejects the notion that its main mission is to further the West’s political agenda in Armenia. “We have always been against activities of forces sponsored from abroad,” Kokobelian says, adding that the Free Democrats “have pursued only Armenian political interests.” “I regret the existence of a view that the Republic of Armenia is unable to solve its problems on its own,” he says.