(Saturday, May 25)
“168 Zham” decries the fact that the Armenian authorities waited more than a month to notify the public that the price of Russian natural gas has officially risen, saying that that it is “tantamount to a crime.” “Cleary the authorities kept that fact secret to avoid causing a wave of public anger ahead of the municipal elections in Yerevan with the material aim of not jeopardizing their power,” writes the paper.
“When the authorities start to help only those who they think pose a threat to their positions it becomes clear that the Christian ideas and Biblical commandments are alien principles to us,” writes “Hraparak.” “Given this why should we be surprised that an elderly deputy calls a mother of four an immoral woman from a high podium? Why should we be surprised when in a country with a hungry population daily expenditures of several thousand people are equivalent to the annual income of others? And finally why should we be surprised that the country is poor and is becoming even poorer?”
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” complains that the authorities and media outlets loyal to them are spreading the notion that the Armenian opposition has failed on all fronts and deserves to be humiliated. “There has been more such talk after the parliament debates on the government’s program,” writes the pro-opposition paper. “The phrase ‘the opposition has failed’ is nonsense to begin with because there is no opposition that does not fail. If an opposition does not fail it ends up in government.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” complains that hardly a day goes by without an opposition figure declaring that a social revolt is brewing in Armenia. “In the economic, social and psychological senses the situation in the country is indeed complicated and contains some elements of tension,” writes the pro-government paper. It says that ordinary people’s discontent with the government is compounded by the latest increases in the prices of gas, electricity and other goods. But it insists that there are no prerequisites for an anti-government uprising in the country.