“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” dismisses criticism of Friday’s opposition rally in Yerevan voiced by supposedly neutral political analysts. “Those who listened to speeches delivered at the rally should have arrived at a conclusion that a common agenda [of the BHK, HAK and Zharangutyun parties] does exist,” says the paper sympathetic to Levon Ter-Petrosian’s HAK. It says the three parties as well as Stepan Demirchian’s People’s Party of Armenia (HZhK) agree that the situation in the country is bad and requires regime change.
“This is an opposition movement that has a representative to Serzh Sarkisian’s National Security Council,” “Zhamanak” writes, referring to BHK leader Gagik Tsarukian. “It remains to be seen how the movement will use this fact to the benefit of the people,” the paper notes with skepticism. “For example, when will Gagik Tsarukian will assert a key issue on the popular agenda and publicly demand a session of the National Security Council? It will be at least strange if the popular movement fails to use that platform to push forward its struggle. Just like it has been using the parliamentary podium since the parliamentary elections of 2012.”
“Hraparak” says that a switch from the presidential to parliamentary system of governance would not cure Armenia’s fundamental ills even if it means that the country would be governed by a political team, rather than a single individual. “Collective leadership would translate into collective irresponsibility,” the paper writes in a commentary on constitutional reforms planned by President Serzh Sarkisian. “Instead of holding each other in check, various [state] structures would start to undercut and hinder each other and fail to reach common ground on any issue.”
“If Armenia’s membership in the Eurasian Economic Union had been beneficial to Azerbaijan, then it would not have gone to great lengths to try until the last minute to scuttle it,” writes “Hayots Ashkhar.” The pro-government paper says that the signing of Armenia’s accession treaty with the EEU was therefore a setback for the Azerbaijani leadership. It argues that if Baku offers to join the EEU in exchange for Russia helping to restore Azerbaijani control over Karabakh it will be thwarted by Yerevan.