“Zhamanak” says that representatives of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) remain silent about the latest scandalous incident involving Syunik Governor Suren Khachatrian. “They are either saying nothing or at most trying to justify ‘Liska,’” notes the paper. It believes that at issue is not so much Khachatrian’s responsibility for the weekend deadly shooting in Goris as the HHK’s reputation. “If the Syunik governor again avoids responsibility it will be yet another reflection of the true face of the HHK and it will ultimately mean that ‘Liska’ killed the HHK as well.”
“Now that people are outraged by the Goris incident and expect the supreme authority to take action, condemn and indict its teammate for what happened, the authorities are stubbornly keeping silent,” writes “Hraparak.” “What keeps the HHK and the country’s president and prime minister from speaking about that and saying something that the society wants to hear? After all, a monstrous crime was committed, and the fact that the guilty person remains at large and is not sacked means that not only laws but moral norms do not function in our country.”
The HHK’s parliamentary leader, Galust Sahakian, comments on the issue in an interview with “Hayots Ashkhar.” He says that senior government officials should lead “closer and more restrained lives,” bear responsibility for “their every step,” and “stay away from noisy situations.” “This is one of our vulnerable sides, and I feel sorry about the fact that such situations emerge around state officials,” says Sahakian. “They create skepticism within the society.”
“Zhoghovurd” accuses President Serzh Sarkisian of effectively reneging on a recent pledge to considerably raise public sector salaries from July 1. The paper reports that Labor and Social Affairs Minister Artem Asatrian made clear on Tuesday that the Armenian government will not consider such a pay rise before January 2014. He said that the government could only raise the national minimum wage soon.
Political analyst Richard Giragosian tells “Aravot” that there are both similarities and differences between civic movements in Armenia and Turkey. “In both countries there is widespread disaffection with the governments,” he says. “The governments of both countries are considered to be not democratic enough and authoritarian.”