“Zhamanak” says President Serzh Sarkisian’s Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) won Sunday’s election in Proshian village “with fraudulent methods well known to all of us.” The paper says the HHK’s lust for power has no limits anymore. “Absolute victories have infected them with a sense of absolute impunity,” it says.
“168 Zham” also thinks that the HHK candidate in Proshian won thanks to the heavy use of administrative resources. The election outcome gives the paper a taste of things to come in the years ahead -- “HHK victories in all elections” and a further “Republicanization” of the country achieved through the party’s sophisticated vote rigging machine.
But as “Hayots Ashkhar” notes, no violence or other serious incidents were reported in Proshian on election day. The pro-presidential paper considers this fact extremely important.
“Zhoghovurd” looks at it describes as a declining popularity of Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili. “This process was certainly predictable because Ivanishvili’s Georgian Dream bloc gave too many promises in the pre-election period,” writes the paper. “The same cannot be said of Armenia’s authorities. There is no such issue in our country. On the contrary, experience shows that the key to getting more votes in an Armenian election is to backtrack on all pledges given during the previous election.” The paper argues that poverty in Armenia has increased in the last five years despite Serzh Sarkisian’s 2008 pledges to make the country more prosperous. “Did that keep the HHK from getting more votes in 2012?” it adds.