“Haykakan Zhamanak” expresses shock at the overnight shooting of opposition politician Paruyr Hayrikian and looks at its implications for the Armenian presidential election. The paper says that the conduct of the election now depends on Hayrikian’s condition. “The first question that arises is: who will benefit from this?” it says. “One should probably not draw premature conclusions on this theme. Now all resources must be invested in solving the crime. Identifying the criminal or criminals will answer all questions.”
According to “Zhamanak,” what is clear at this point is that President Serzh Sarkisian would hardly benefit from what happened to Hayrikian because “in essence elections which he promised to make the best ever are now being stained with blood.” “The assassination attempt against one of the candidates is effectively nullifying that,” comments the paper.
“Aravot” laments a lack of pluralism and tolerance of dissent within virtually all Armenian parties. “Either their decisions are made unanimously or ‘enemy elements’ emerge within parties, which periodically get rid of them,” editorializes the paper.
Interviewed by “Irates de facto,” deputy parliament speaker Hermine Naghdalian does not exclude that a new coalition government will be formed in Armenia after the presidential election. “Nothing should be ruled out in politics,” she says. “I think that there will be political changes in the opposition camp because the opposition camp is wide open today and the [opposition] platform is empty.”
“Hraparak” reports on the idea of a pro-opposition “civil contract” proposed by opposition leader Nikol Pashinian. Asked by the paper whether that structure could eventually turn into a political party, Pashinian said, “What will happen to the Civil Contract in the future will be decided by the parties to the Civil Contract … At this stage my role in the Civil Contract is purely technical.”