“Zhamanak” says that President Serzh Sarkisian’s new government unveiled on Tuesday is not really new because it is dominated by “old and very old faces.” The paper says that even if Sarkisian had made more changes in the cabinet, that would have given observers little idea of “what he wants and can do.” “One thing is clear: Serzh Sarkisian is able for now to successfully rig elections and achieve more and more important results, and the political field is putting up less and less resistance to this.”
“Hraparak” also downplays the significance of the government’s composition. The paper claims that “the Mafioso segment of the government subject to change has stayed on while the ministers who more or less deserved to stay on have gone.” “This means that public opinion is worth nothing in this country,” it says.
“Hayots Ashkhar” dismisses suggestions that the ruling Republican Party’s landslide victory in the municipal elections in Yerevan heralds the demise of the Armenian opposition. “My long experience of living in this amazing country has made me skeptical about any kind of obituary,” writes the paper’s editor, Gagik Mkrtchian. “In our political field nobody is interested in the full destruction of others.” Wildlife predators, he says, are never interested in fully exterminating their prey. “There is always some balance between them which is … totally acceptable to both sides,” he says.
“It can now be finally concluded that achieving regime change by means of elections is impossible in Armenia,” writes “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun.” “Such a thing has not happened during the 22 years of our independence and, judging from the last three elections, will not happen in the foreseeable future. The authorities, which rig elections by all possible means, bribe voters and so on, opposition forces, which cannot persuade voters not to take bribes, and those who accept such bribes are to blame for that. But that is not the key thing. The thing is that if everything continues like this, it will better to abolish elections in Armenia altogether.”
“Orakarg” reports that the price of sugar went down by over 34 percent in world markets and only about 11 percent in Armenia in the first quarter of this year. “Even if we factor in the 5.5 percent depreciation of the dram the price dynamics in the internal markets will still not reflect the change in international conditions,” comments the paper.