“Hraparak” wonders if the latest bitter spat between the Republican (HHK) and Prosperous Armenia (BHK) parties is just a “theater” show designed to conceal “very warm” relations between their leaders. “This confrontation may also be directed at the outside world in order to show that there is a healthy political life, struggle for power, movement and progress in Armenia,” speculates the paper. It says the HHK and the BHK may also be keen to prevent the development of “real opposition” in Armenia. “Very few people know answers to these questions,” it says.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says that by delaying the announcement of their election plans BHK leader Gagik Tsarukian and Armenian National Congress (HAK) leader Levon Ter-Petrosian are adding to political uncertainty in the country. “It has to be pointed out that Tsarukian’s supporters are more reserved and composed,” writes the paper. “Ter-Petrosian’s sincere supporters, on the other hand, keep publicly giving advice or expressing their wishes for some reason. One may appreciate people’s sincere feelings if they do not aspire to being political or even public figures. But there is no room for flirt in political and public activities.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” says some Armenians are now worried that Ter-Petrosian “does not exist as a political factor anymore.” “And they are now thinking what can be done to keep him afloat in the 2013 presidential election,” writes the pro-government daily. “One idea is to start an active civic movement in the country and stir up the political life as much as possible … Another idea is even more worrisome: to use civic movements and the energy of their young activists for extending the longevity of a political corpse. The HAK leader is finished and civic initiatives could play the role of a donor by giving the depleted leader necessary impetus.”
“Zhamanak” predicts that the ruling HHK will not make good on its pledge to allow a new parliamentary inquiry into the March 2008 bloodshed in Yerevan after the February 2013 presidential election. The paper says the opposition HAK, which accepted that promise at face value, will again be left empty-handed.
“For me the most important thing is not to become president but to make our country a leader in the region,” Raffi Hovannisian, the leader of the opposition Zharangutyun (Heritage) party, tells “Hayatsk.” “A leader not just in terms of culture and level of security but also democracy and values espoused by it.”