“Hraparak” says President Serzh Sarkisian and his team would “give up everything” to ensure that his reelection is widely seen as democratic. “But the fact is that on the one hand they don’t know what to give up and on the other hand, power is so sweet that they are ready to do everything to hold on to it,” writes the paper, calling this situation “unfortunate.”
“Aravot” has trouble understanding the speech delivered by opposition leader Raffi Hovannisian at a rally on Wednesday. “It was not clear where it starts from and leads to,” editorializes the paper. “Some parts of it were emotion and, in effect, correct. But they had no concrete purpose because besides the idea of having a good, just, prosperous and democratic state, accepted by all of us we, the citizens need to understand the path towards achieving it which is proposed by a particular politician”
“Mr. Hovannisian wants the incumbent president to come to Liberty Square, relinquish his post and declare Raffi president,” continues “Aravot.” “How? On the basis of what document?” Sarkisian would act in an illegal and irresponsible manner if he accepted that absurd demand, the paper says. “Besides, such a behavior of the two leaders who got hundreds of thousands of votes would make them a subject of mockery abroad,” it claims.
“168 Zham” says strong attendance at Hovannisian’s rally in Liberty Square was “as unexpected as the number of votes he received on February 18.” “Citizens of different classes and political orientations were at the square,” writes the paper. “Many of them may not sympathize with Raffi Hovannisian, just like some of the opposition figures who stepped on the podium and stood alongside Raffi Hovannisian. Yesterday’s rally was a continuation of the February 18 elections. People rallied in Liberty Square not for Raffi Hovannisian but against the authorities.”
“Uncertainty persists in the internal political life,” writes “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun.” “The Armenian society is holding its breath in anticipation of Raffi Hovannisian’s further steps. Raffi Hovannisian has inadvertently become the key political figure in Armenia.” The paper says that for all their reservations regarding Hovannisian other opposition forces must “reckon with this reality and respect the people’s choice.”
“Zhamanak” says the Armenian authorities are primarily responsible for preventing a repeat of the 2008 post-election bloodshed. “Such developments can only result from government policies,” says the paper.