(Saturday, September 28)
“Hraparak” laments that even opposition lawmakers have reacted positively Gevorg Kostanian’s nomination for the vacant post of Armenia’s prosecutor-general. The paper claims that they do not want to obstruct his appointment by the National Assembly for personal reasons: just in case they, their relatives and cronies or their businesses get in trouble with law-enforcement authorities in the future.
A spokesman for the European Union’s Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele tells “Zhamanak” that it is still too early to say whether the EU will sign any documents with Armenia at its November summit in Vilnius. The official, Peter Stano, says what is certain at this point is that the draft EU-Armenia Association Agreement will not be initialed at the summit as planned because of Armenia’s intention to join the Russian-led customs union. “We expect to continue our dialogue with Yerevan with regard to the future format of our relationship,” he says.
“168 Zham” dismisses as a “political trick” the assurances by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) that it will remain in opposition to the government even after its leader Vahan Hovannisian’s upcoming appointment as ambassador to a foreign state. The paper reminds readers of the fact that Dashnaktsutyun quit the governing coalition in 2009 in protest against President Serzh Sarkisian’s foreign policy. It says one of the party’s key figures has now agreed to help implement that policy.