“Zhamanak” suggests that President Serzh Sarkisian ended his summer vacation with the weekend trip to Tehran during which he attended the inauguration of Iran’s new President Hassan Rohani. The paper notes that Sarkisian spent the holiday in an undisclosed foreign state together with parliament speaker Hovik Abrahamian, who has kept a low profile of late. “Instead, Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian has been more active and feels very comfortable lately,” it says. The paper says Sarkisian last month rebuked Yerevan Mayor Taron Markarian for raising public transport prices in the city without consulting the public. The two men on Tuesday visited a Yerevan neighborhood whose residents are blocking the construction of a new building by a private developer. The paper claims that the prime minister thereby sought to “again softly discredit” the mayor.
“Zhoghovurd” likens the situation in Armenia to “anarchy.” “Despite very serious problems and challenges facing the country, the authorities are in no hurry to react to them in any way,” laments the paper. “What is more, Serzh Sarkisian and Hovik Abrahamian have kind of disappeared of late. Although their vacations are over, they are not even appearing [in public.] There was speculation in the corridors of power that that Serzh Sarkisian will embark on serious changes within the government in September. But judging from the authorities’ silence, there is uncertainty on this issue as well.”
“Hraparak” condemns the Yerevan municipality’s plans to replace hundreds of car parking attendants in the city by a private firm that will electronically collect fees from car owners. “They have decided that not a single penny in the country must be beyond their control and that nobody except those enjoying government protection must make money,” claims the paper.