“168 Zham” reports that the opposition minority in the National Assembly is pushing for an extraordinary parliament session that would debate its draft resolution on a “government crisis” in Armenia. “The authors of the resolution attribute the crisis to corruption, monopolies, a high rate of poverty, emigration, the existing distrust in the electoral system and the government’s resulting loss of legitimacy,” says the paper. It says that if the opposition lawmakers really feel strongly about these problems they should resign from the parliament and demand snap elections.
“Zhoghovurd” reports on statements by opposition parliamentarians condemning prison sentences given to 12 anti-government activists led by Shant Harutiunian and describing them as political prisoners. The paper is unimpressed by these statements, saying that the mainstream opposition has done little to secure the release of the activists arrested during a violent anti-government demonstration in Yerevan in November 2013.
“Zhamanak” believes that the March 2008 post-election unrest in Yerevan, which left ten people dead, is still reverberating in the Armenian political arena. The paper says that former President Robert Kocharian and members of his government will remain responsible for the bloodshed regardless of their current actions and political orientations.
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” reacts with skepticism to government pledges to sharply increase exports of Armenian beef and other agricultural products to Russia. The pro-opposition daily says that they are exposing the Sarkisian administration’s lack of serious economic ambitions. It says the government’s chief economic priority is exports of cheap labor and agricultural products to Russia, rather than the development of competitive manufacturing industries.
“Hayots Ashkhar” criticizes what it sees as a lack of Armenian media coverage of yet another concert which Montserrat Caballe, the world-famous Spanish opera singer, gave in Nagorno-Karabakh last week. “One may think that such prominent figures of global significance visit Armenia and Artsakh and hold meetings and concerts there every other day,” complains the paper. Most media outlets, it says, were busy speculating about the extremely unlikely opening of customs posts on Armenia’s border with Karabakh.