“Zhamanak” is convinced that some wealthy businesspeople in Armenia are interested in radical reforms that would strengthen the rule of law. “If Serzh Sarkisian really wants to make such changes then finding such entrepreneurs, teaming up with them and starting a serious process with that team will be quite realistic,” writes the paper. “Especially if we take into account possible opposition support on that issue.”
Opposition activist Zhirayr Sefilian tells “Aravot” that he disapproves of the demands of young people holding a non-stop sit-in outside the Yerevan municipality. Sefilian believes that replacing “one criminal official” by another would change nothing in the city. Civic activists are therefore wasting their time and energy by only demanding the resignations of two senior municipal officials, he says.
“Hraparak” says Armenians have long been telling their rulers not to make important decisions without consulting with the public. “But the authorities are calmly doing their job without taking into account public opinion and enacting anti-social laws,” writes the paper. “But while that practice has worked for many years they are now more and more running into trouble. It is now clear that Armenia’s citizens have changed a lot. They are ready to defend their rights and one does not have to guide and urge them much for that. It’s just that nobody can tell what will touch Armenians’ nerves and what will make them become angry and again take to the streets. Nor can one predict whether that struggle will be led by journalists, representatives of show business or housewives. What is clear is that the people do not need established political leaders anymore.”
“Zhoghovurd” says that the latest Russian government crackdown on illegal immigration will have “negative consequences” for Armenia. “The thing is that those migrants went to Russia because of socioeconomic hardship, in order to make money for supporting their families. By forcibly deporting them back to Armenia they will be increasing the number of unemployed people.”