“168 Zham” condemns the Armenian parliament for passing on Monday a controversial government bill that drastically raised the salaries of Armenia’s top state officials. “By pushing through this bill the authorities once again demonstrated their impunity to the society,” writes the paper. “The officials that have left the country in this situation are not only not held accountable or even sacked but are actually getting pay rises.”
“Zhamanak” notes that the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) is not legally or otherwise challenging the official results of a weekend mayoral election in Ararat that showed a candidate of the ruling Republican Party (HHK) narrowly defeating his BHK rival. The BHK claims that the election outcome was decided by the HHK’s heavy and illegal use of administrative resources. But it has refrained from filing lawsuits or holding any street protests. “From this standpoint we can conclude that the HHK and the BHK have stayed faithful to each other,” comments the paper.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” claims that President Serzh Sarkisian has used the Ararat election to weaken parliament speaker Hovik Abrahamian’s strong clout in the area south of Yerevan. The paper says Sarkisian still fears that Abrahamian could “defect” to BHK leader Gagik Tsarukian and former President Robert Kocharian.
“The HHK wanted to prove that it cannot be seriously threatened, while the BHK wanted to show that it is still in the game and only needs a good mobilization to defeat the HHK,” writes “Hraparak.” “This is a rare case of the two sides essentially achieving what they wanted. But broadly speaking, the people, the voters have again lost.”