“A momentous political phase has come to an end,” “Haykakan Zhamanak” writes, clearly alluding to Levon Ter-Petrosian’s decision not to become a presidential candidate. “In such situations, choosing the style and taste, taking a short break at the right moment, saying the right words, making the right gestures, choosing the right tone and rhythm become important,” the paper says. “In this case, the style is an indicator of the maturity of the society. Unbridled grief and unhidden irony are equally ugly and devoid of style. Especially if the situation has arisen as a result of a step taken by a single politician for whom restraint has been a key human and political quality.”
Gurgen Yeghiazarian, a well-known member of Ter-Petrosian’s Armenian National Congress (HAK), assures “Aravot” that the HAK leader has not retired from politics. “Levon Ter-Petrosian is not that kind of person, he will never quit politics,” says Yeghiazarian. “It is possible that Levon Ter-Petrosian will return to power in the future.”
“Ter-Petrosian was certainly spawned by an era of revolutionary changes,” writes “Hayots Ashkhar.” Nevertheless, says the paper, Ter-Petrosian never became a revolutionary and always “gave himself room for a retreat.”
“Hraparak” speaks out against the idea of boycotting the upcoming presidential election, which is favored by some oppositionists. “If the public does not go to the polls and he gets elected thanks to HHK votes, will Serzh Sarkisian die from shame?” argues the paper. It says Sarkisian aides “regard this situation as a brilliant victory and take pride in the devastation caused by them.” “Otherwise, they would not have forced [Gagik] Tsarukian to abandon his planned presidential bid and would not have worked on Levon Ter-Petrosian’s team so consistently,” it says.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says the decision by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) not to nominate a presidential candidate leaves Serzh Sarkisian with no serious election challenger. “The fact that the main political actors have refused to fight against Serzh Sarkisian does not mean that he is the strongest politician,” says the paper. It says Sarkisian’s strength is derived only from “the combination of total intimidation and a sophisticated vote rigging system” which he has created and which the Armenian opposition cannot counter at present. “As a result, a unique situation has emerged in Armenia. Eighty percent of the society despises the current authorities, and yet Serzh Sarkisian has no rivals and will be reelected president,” adds the paper.