(Saturday, November 10)
“Hayots Ashkhar” believes that no opposition party or bloc can be successful in next year’s presidential election alone. “And what is the recipe for dealing with situations like that? An elementary logic suggests that the weaker forces should achieve consolidation and become one unit to have any hope of success. But what prevents this unity in Armenia is the phenomenon typical of our political life in which each and every politician considers himself to be the ‘one and only’ while no one really believes there is such a figure,” writes the daily.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” argues that by suggesting a push for a parliamentary republic and an all-party-list voting system as issues for ‘political consultations’ to work out a platform of possible broad-based opposition cooperation in the run-up to the February presidential ballot the Prosperous Armenia Party primarily addresses the concerns of “what will happen next”, while the main opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) is more preoccupied with immediate forms of cooperation. “The HAK says it is good to be discussing all that, but first let’s discuss ways of challenging the government in the parliament and holding public rallies together... This, indeed, would be an effective mechanism considering that the minority factions have 50-60 members in the 131-seat National Assembly. Now imagine that these minority groups move to pass a vote of no-confidence in the government and simultaneously at least 100,000 people turn out for a public rally to support the move. The question is how long the Republican majority will be able to hold out in the parliament? Apparently, not long.”
“168 Zham” claims that unlike the previous election campaigns this time around the Armenian opposition has emulated the government in indulging in falsehood and mendacious behavior. The daily explains: “This is clear from the messages that the opposition parties are sending to the public, while in reality this way they are mostly exchanging messages among themselves or with the government. Almost all forces claim to be seeking to rally around a ‘common idea’, a platform of “finding solutions to the problems facing the country” and other nicely phrased things... But at the end of the day, even if they do unite, that would really be a unity around some sort of power-sharing.”
“Zhoghovurd” suggests that by warning Azerbaijan of Armenia’s “disproportionate” response in the event of aggression against Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian, giving an interview to The Wall Street Journal, was also sending a message to the ‘political centers’ seeking to use the oil-rich country in their geopolitical interests. “In this sense, it is not without a reason that in the interview Sarkisian also raised concerns around possible developments in Iran and spoke about their undesirable consequences for the region and for the Armenian-Azerbaijani relations. This way Sarkisian prompted these centers not to be too generous in their promises to Azerbaijan even if the latter offered to be used as a springboard for a possible strike against Iran in exchange for a Karabakh solution favoring its position.”