“Zhoghovurd” says the Armenian government’s pledge to help create 250,000 new jobs by 2025 will be its “main pre-election bluff” in the unfolding presidential race. The pledge is part of a “new program of sustainable development” which Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian announced in the National Assembly on Tuesday. “It’s hard to tell how many such programs, concepts and strategies Tigran Sarkisian has developed during his almost five-year tenure,” comments the paper. “But several of them … are utopias that have still not been forgotten by the public.”
“Zhamanak” says a compromise agreement reached by the ruling Republican Party (HHK) and the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) on a new parliamentary inquiry into the March 2008 violence in Yerevan and the Prosperous Armenia Party’s jealous reaction to it testifies to a chaotic pre-election situation in the country. The paper suggests that the reason for it is that the main Armenian factions are still “not receiving clear external signals or have lost hope for those signals, not seeing there bright prospects for themselves.” It says “the mutual jealousy” between the HAK and Prosperous Armenia (BHK) is especially noteworthy.
“These forces playing in the Russian field have suddenly demonstrated rather conflicting approaches,” continues “Zhamanak.” “The BHK has packed up and gone to Brussels, while the HAK has headed to the HHK, accusing each other of being short-sighted or slaves of Serzh Sarkisian in the process.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that officials at the Armenian Ministry of Diaspora on Tuesday urged a group of Syrian Armenian entrepreneurs to set up pharmaceutical businesses in Armenia. A statement issued by the ministry quoted them as saying that if they diligently pay taxes and respect Armenian laws they will do well. The Syrian Armenians were also urged not to believe in “made-up stories about doing business in Armenia that are disseminated in the Diaspora.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” reports that the HAK will rally supporters in Yerevan on December 10 to mark International Human Rights Day. The paper says that if HAK Levon Ter-Petrosian takes part in that demonstration he will have to finally clarify his participation in the February 2013 presidential election.