“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says that Armenia has had an “active political life without the involvement of political forces” this summer. The paper points to recent street protests by young activists that forced Yerevan’s municipal administration to freeze a sharp rise in the cost of public transport. “They are now fighting against a rise in university tuition fees and will probably fight against the car parking racketeering after that and so on. They will certainly achieve some success from time to time. This is beneficial for the authorities as well. They need to show the public that opposition political forces are unable to solve any issues.” The paper believes that civic groups pose no serious threat to the ruling regime because they do not seek power and contest elections for that purpose.
“Zhoghovurd” says that the latest public relation stunts by President Serzh Sarkisian, Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian and other senior official give the impression that they see no serious problems facing Armenia. “All this is a deception that reminds us of a festivity held during a serious disease epidemic,” writes the paper.
Samvel Nikoyan, a parliament deputy from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), tells “Hraparak” that Armenia’s forthcoming Association Agreement with the European Union will in no way undermine its relations with Russia. Nikoyan rejects the notion that “if you want to establish good-neighborly relations with the EU then you are against somebody else.” “Our EU integration will continue as long as it does not contradict our integration into another area,” says the former parliament speaker.
In an interview with, Giro Manoyan, a senior member of the opposition Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), describes as “ridiculous” Turkish President Abdullah Gul’s stated hopes for the holding of a summit of Turkic states in Nagorno-Karabakh in the future.
“Hayots Ashkhar” dismisses official justifications for the rise in tuition fees set by Armenia’s leading state-run university. In particular, the paper disagrees with the argument that the measure is necessary for raising their educational standards. It argues that higher education was free of charge and its quality was much higher during Soviet times.