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“Hayots Ashkhar” says International Women’s Day, which is an official holiday in Armenia, is the right occasion to look at “one of the most mysterious phenomena in the world: female logic.” “Already at the end of the last century the greatest minds concluded that a world based on rational male logic has exhausted its potential,” explains the paper. “No textbook written by men explains the paradoxes of this world. There are more exceptions than rules … So it means that women’s mentality is the only way out for the entire progressive humanity. Politics and literature are already following that path without even knowing that.”

“Zhamanak” describes as “very weak” the choice of the top three names on the ruling Republican Party’s list of candidates for the May 5 municipal elections in Yerevan. (The list is topped by Mayor Taron Markarian, followed by retired chess grandmaster Smbat Lputian.) The paper says President Serzh Sarkisian tried to make sure that Markarian is “stands out as a leader” against the backdrop of the other HHK candidates.

“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” believes that the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) and the country’s three main opposition groups will almost certainly win the Yerevan polls if they form an electoral bloc. “First of all, it would be easier for them jointly control the electoral process and prevent fraud,” argues the paper. “Second, the opposition traditionally gets more votes in Yerevan [than in other parts of the country.] Third, it would be much harder for the authorities to misappropriate the votes of absent voters. On the other hand, everyone realizes that a unification of the four political forces is very problematic.” The pro-opposition daily hopes that they will put aside their ideological and personal differences to form a united anti-government front. “If that doesn’t happen everyone will suffer,” it warns.

“After just a few years we will be marking the 20th anniversary of the foundation of our vote rigging tradition,” writes “Hraparak.” “For many years … our society has been complaining about unfair elections but, like a frail elderly person, doing nothing to solve that issue. It is probably wrong to blame the society in this case. The problem must be solved by political forces. The society has proved that it is doing what it is supposed to. It goes to the polls and votes in good faith.” The paper says the opposition should stop using the government’s recourse to fraud and administrative resources as an excuse for its endless defeats.

(Tigran Avetisian)
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