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“Hraparak” counters President Serzh Sarkisian’s remark that those who are in government must not openly criticize government policies. “Why should they be scared of expressing their views and criticizing their superiors?” asks the paper. “Maybe this military-style order is the reason for the cynical atmosphere which was mentioned by Serzh Sarkisian and which is indeed visible to everyone. If criticizing superiors is forbidden in our country then how can there be healthy debates within the government and how can wrong decisions be prevented?”

“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says the “cynical atmosphere” lamented by Sarkisian stems from the fact that “corrupt officials and criminals hold sway in the country.” “One does not have to be a brilliant pundit to understand that if those corrupt individuals and criminals are removed from power the atmosphere will change in the country,” writes the paper. “But somehow Serzh Sarkisian is against this way of solving the problem and that is totally understandable. For him personally the atmosphere is not cynical. It’s just that 3 million people have trouble seeing the real picture.”

Galust Sahakian, the parliamentary leader of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that opposition leader Raffi Hovannisian and his associates are “holding the disaffected segment of the people hostage” with their continuing protests against the official results of last month’s presidential election. “They can’t constantly feed people with unrealistic promises,” he says. “The team that has now revolted and is making people revolt has serious staffing problems. At least, you won’t see in the [Liberty] square people with government experience that are well-known and acceptable to the masses.”

“Haykakan Zhamanak” says that the banking crisis in Cyprus closely watched by the international community could also affect Armenia’s banking sector. “And that can be felt pretty soon,” claims the pro-opposition paper. “The thing is that a considerable part of Armenian capital of dubious origin is accumulated in the banking system of Cyprus. That money mainly belongs to our high-ranking officials who are investing those sums in Armenia through Cyprus as foreign investment. This pattern allows them to hide their assets from the public.”

(Tigran Avetisian)
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