“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says that for Armenian officials running for reelection lying to voters is much harder than during the previous elections because of their less than positive track record. The paper says that “even the most naïve people” can see that they have delivered on few of their past campaign promises. “In this sense, Serzh Sarkisian’s plight is far from being satisfactory,” it says. “And it appears that Sarkisian realizes that very well.”
“What happened to Paruyr Hayrikian was a shooting attack on the Republic of Armenia, the current authorities and Serzh Sarkisian in particular,” Victor Dallakian, a senior presidential aide, tells “Zhoghovurd.” “Just as [the post-election violence of] March 1, 2008 did not play into Sarkisian’s hands, the gunshots fired at Serzh Sarkisian are absolutely not beneficial for him. Note the atmosphere in Armenia. There is no atmosphere of fear right now.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” says that Russian officials, politicians and observers have practically ignored Hayrikian’s allegations that “imperialist” forces in Russia were behind the shooting. By contrast, it says, some Western publications are reporting on and lending credence to that theory. The paper criticizes Hayrikian for making such allegations.
“Let Mr. Hayrikian finally make sense of his theories,” Naira Zohrabian, a senior member of the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK), tells “Aravot.” “Was it Russian imperialism or Ottoman Turkey?” Zohrabian also slams Hayrikian’s “ludicrous” statements about political forces, presumably including the BHK, that are not taking part in the forthcoming presidential election.
“168 Zham” carries a commentary on BHK leader Gagik Tsarukian’s first-ever participation in a session of the current Armenian parliament on Monday. The paper points out that Tsarukian was demonstratively accompanied by Galust Sahakian, the leader of the parliamentary faction of the ruling Republican Party (HHK). It says this was a clear sign of where the BHK stands now, after deciding not to challenge Sarkisian in the election.