“168 Zham” says the coming months could mark the most heated “political autumn” in Armenia’s recent history, even though none of the country’s opposition parties is planning a major upsurge in its activities soon. The paper claims that some opposition groups expect the Armenian government to get in serious trouble with Russia because of its plans to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union.
“Hayots Ashkhar” anticipates renewed calls for opposition unity and the launch of a new campaign of anti-government protests. The pro-presidential paper believes that few Armenians are willing to participate in such protests.
“One gets the impression that there is no government in Armenia,” writes “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun.” “That is indeed the case. High-ranking officials, including the president, have long left Armenia,” writes the pro-opposition daily. “They remain here only physically, whereas members of their families spend most of their time abroad. Their children study in foreign universities, and their businesses and capital have long been moved abroad.”
“Zhoghovurd” reveals that the Armenian Justice Ministry’s Service for the Mandatory Execution of Judicial Acts (SMEJA) recently spent 1 million drams ($2,400) on repairs and maintenance of its state-owned cars, which has been performed by a company reputedly belonging to the SMEJA chief, Mihran Poghosian. The paper says the Chinese-made cars were apparently purchased from the same firm. It calls this fact “a classical example of corruption.”
“Hraparak” accuses Prosecutor-General Aghvan Hovsepian of using his powers and influence to make his native village in the central Aragatsotn province, Chknagh, one of the most prosperous in Armenia. The paper claims that various serving and former government officials have built summer houses there in order to please Hovsepian and become his neighbors. “Hovsepian is said to have himself told some of them, especially those who had problems with law, to build the houses,” it says.