“Achieving regime change in Armenia through elections is practically impossible, and almost everyone thinks so,” writes “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun.” “Serzh Sarkisian and the [ruling] HHK are clinging to power literally by force, and only the society can counter that force by force. Therefore, like it or not, only political forces with a large following can effect regime change in Armenia.” The paper says those forces are the four opposition parties represented in the Armenian parliament.
“Aravot” says that special commissions formed by the current and former parliaments have never achieved any tangible results. The paper believes that the same fate would have awaited an ad hoc commission on the March 2008 killings in Yerevan whose creation was demanded by the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK). It says the public already knows who is responsible for the still unsolved deaths of ten people. The commission could have only served as a “good platform” for attacking the authorities.
“But such accusations can be voiced even without the existence of that commission,” “Aravot” argues in an editorial. “Having said that, the HHK’s stance, which is not consistent, to say the least, is amazing.” The paper refers to the ruling party’s earlier promise to help set up the parliament panel.
“Zhoghovurd” looks at possible consequences of Crimea’s secession from Ukraine for the unresolved Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The paper expects the events in Crimea to have a “certain influence” on Armenian-Azerbaijani peace talks not least because of growing tensions between the United States and Russia, the key mediating powers in the Karabakh peace process. “Therefore, at this point Armenia’s authorities must be extremely cautious in their statements on Ukraine, which is what they are successfully doing right now,” it says.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports on a serious shortfall in social security contributions that were made in January by the Armenian government and public and private employers to private pension funds set up as part of a controversial pension reform. The paper suggests that many employers are waiting for a Constitutional Court ruling on the reform before withholding 5 percent of their workers’ gross monthly salaries for that purpose.