“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” laughs at the explanations given by the opposition Heritage party about its leader Raffi Hovannisian’s demand of a number of key ministerial positions in the next government. It insists that there is no such thing as ‘power sharing’, while Hovannisian’s demand means that he wants to become part of the governing coalition. “Heritage representatives perhaps do not understand that sharing power is impossible, or maybe they understand it well, but simply want to mislead their supporters. To assume key government posts and work normally is only possible if you are ready to execute orders of the president and prime minister,” emphasizes the paper.
Secretary of the ruling Republican Party’s parliamentary faction, Hovannes Sahakian, dismisses views that President Serzh Sarkisian is “showing too much tolerance and patience” towards Raffi Hovannisian, which was not the case five years ago when the then opposition challenger, Levon Ter-Petrosian, disputed his victory. In an interview with “Hayots Ashkhar” Sahakian says: “The president and the government have not changed their style of work as both now and back in 2008 we have been soft, ready to listen to others’ opinions. This is the way we try to resolve problems. The same attitude was also shown towards Ter-Petrosian and the best proof of it was the dialogue carried out with his opposition bloc.”
“Zhamanak” observes a struggle for supremacy on the opposition side of the political fence, stressing that in this sense “early signs of an alliance between the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) are quite conspicuous.”
“Perhaps it isn’t a coincidence that certain problems have also emerged within Dashnaktsutyun, which is evidenced by the reaction of this party to the proposal of Heritage for its list of candidates [in the May 5 municipal elections in Yerevan] to be headed by Dashnak member Lilit Galstian. The opposition Armenian National Congress once collapsed as a result of its cooperation with the BHK, and now some fermentations have emerged within Dashnaktsutyun. The BHK manages to cause its allies to disintegrate, as one of the main goals of this force is to establish its monopoly in the opposition field,” writes the daily.
In an interview with “Haykakan Zhamanak” BHK member Naira Zohrabian reaffirms that her party will be contesting the May elections in Yerevan to win. “If any political party says that it is participating in an election to earn second, third or last place, I will have serious doubts about this party’s reason. Our goal is achieving victory and we are participating in the elections in order to win. I myself am quite a pragmatic politician and evaluate our chances quite realistically. In the event of free and fair elections, the BHK will win in these elections,” she says.