“Hraparak” argues that a judge in Armenia would not have issued a ruling similar to the one that was passed on the four young opposition activists convicted for allegedly assaulting police officers unless there was a political order for that. “They understand well that the guys should not be imprisoned and isolated from the public. No matter how much money these judges earn for what they do, this humiliation that they must feel for passing unfair verdicts cannot be offset with anything,” writes the paper’s editor.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” suggests that the debate around replacing the current presidential system of government with that of parliamentary eventually raises the issue of prevalence of essence over form: “What is the reason that an entire nation for two decades on has not been able to form a normal government and that each new government is worse than the previous one? The main reason is, perhaps, the fact that during the past 20 years no idea has emerged for all to rally around regardless of their political views, party affiliations or social status.”
“Zhamanak” slams former president Robert Kocharian over his most recent interview in which the ex-leader spoke about the need for a proper system of checks and balances in the government and supported an electoral reform to end “feudalization” in single-member electoral districts. The paper suggests that the former president has no moral right to speak about things that he himself could not or would not change during his decade-long presidency. “Robert Kocharian does not speak about what or who prevented him from doing what he considers to be necessary today,” writes the paper.
The opposition Heritage party’s parliamentary leader Ruben Hakobian tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that questions about why the Armenian opposition is not getting united and rallying around one single candidate are artificial. “Of course, it would be good if opposition forces united on an ideological basis instead of creating unclear conglomerates that, as a rule, have short lives. These can be alliances of two, three or four political forces, but at least it would be clear that they are based on some shared ideology,” he says.