“Zhoghovurd” comments on presidential candidate Paruyr Hayrikian’s Thursday statement that he may still ask the Constitutional Court to delay the February 18 presidential election. “Many are already opining that that is connected with the authorities breaking certain promises,” writes the paper. “But it is also possible that Hayrikian is thus trying to make the most of the situation by maintaining the possibility of shaping political developments and keeping himself under public spotlight for several more days. It must be pointed out that there is nothing reprehensible about that. After all, it’s an electoral race and any political technique of boosting one’s rating can be deemed acceptable.”
“Hraparak” says Levon Ter-Petrosian’s intention to turn his Armenian National Congress (HAK) alliance into a single political party is long overdue. “After all, that unclear conglomerate of parties and individuals, which has had no declared principles, platform, a clear structure or a management system, was always going to be a temporary phenomenon,” writes the paper. It says the HAK has accomplished or tried to accomplish its mission and now needs to leave the political arena. “Like it or not, the instruments of political struggle are parties,” it says.
“Aravot” says it is too early to judge the wisdom of Ter-Petrosian’s idea. The paper believes that it will meet with strong resistance from some HAK factions, notably Stepan Demirchian’s People’s Party of Armenia (HZhK).
“Hayots Ashkhar” sees increased inflationary pressures on the Armenian economy. “That is especially visible in the case of food products, even if some types of services are also under strong inflationary pressures,” reports the paper. “In many markets prices have gone up since the end of last year.”