“Zhoghovurd” says that the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) will no longer be able to present itself as a viable alternative to the Armenian government after the resignation of its founding leader, Gagik Tsarukian, and defections from its parliamentary faction. The paper says the party’s new leader and the number of its remaining parliament deputies will not change this reality.
“Zhamanak” sees a new configuration emerging on the Armenian political scene. The paper says that President Serzh Sarkisian will now be in even greater control of political processes in the country.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” says that Sarkisian wants the BHK to continue acting like a “buffer between the opposition and the authorities.” “Sarkisian has decided to let it maintain the role of the number two political force,” writes the paper. “But whereas it was the number two force with 30 percent [of parliament seats] in the past, it will now have only 10-15 percent … One thing is clear: from now on the BHK will be under Serzh Sarkisian’s full control and he will decide its role, place and message in the political arena.”
“Tsarukian has for years claimed that he does not have anything to lose except popular trust,” writes “168 Zham.” “It turns out that he has. Apart from trust, he has also lost his own party.”
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” reacts to a renewed war of words between former Presidents Robert Kocharian and Levon Ter-Petrosian. Kocharian’s press secretary, Victor Soghomonian, on Wednesday brushed Ter-Petrosian’s claims that Kocharian is responsible for Nagorno-Karabakh’s exclusion from Armenian-Azerbaijani peace talks in the late 1990s. Soghomonian said that Ter-Petrosian himself drove the Karabakh Armenians out of the negotiation process in 1997. The paper defends Ter-Petrosian and accuses Kocharian of lying.