“Hraparak” slams parliament deputy Mher Sedrakian for threatening to beat up a journalist in the Armenian parliament on Wednesday. “So from now on, before approaching deputies of the National Assembly journalists must inquire about their mental state, feelings and mood,” the paper says tartly. It blames the unruly conduct of pro-government lawmakers like Sedrakian on “those who bring them to the parliament and think that loyal criminals and fools are better than unfaithful intellectuals.”
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says the legitimacy of the president of the republic remains a key question in Armenia ahead of next February’s election. “This is a problem which we have been unsuccessfully trying to solve since 1998,” writes the paper. “Incidentally, both Robert Kocharian and Serzh Sarkisian have looked for their legitimacy abroad, failing to find it within the country. They both have done the same thing, seeking unlimited power in Armenia.”
“Zhamanak” says that Armenian National Congress (HAK) leader Levon Ter-Petrosian has no reason to again run for president because he realizes that he will do worse than he did in the 2008 election. “Not just in terms of official results but also his pre-election and post-election public aura in general,” the paper says. “And if he nominates someone else then that could further deepen internal disagreements within the HAK, which would complicate the process of Ter-Petrosian’s smooth retirement [from politics] that began quite some time ago. In these circumstances not participating [in the election] is slowly becoming the most optimal variant.” The paper also speculates that the HAK leadership no longer hopes that the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) could support its would-be presidential candidate.
Levon Zurabian, a top Ter-Petrosian aide, tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that just because the Zharangutyun (Heritage) party and its leader Raffi Hovannisian supported Ter-Petrosian in 2008 does not mean that Hovannisian can now count on HAK support for his presidential bid. Zurabian argues that Ter-Petrosian’s candidacy was supported by more than 20 opposition parties at that time.