“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that Hrant Markarian, a leader of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), on Thursday did not rule out the possibility of a new power-sharing deal between his party and President Serzh Sarkisian. “They have long been writing about that, and that might happen one day. But they have long been writing about that,” Markarian told the paper vaguely when asked about the possibility of Dashnaktsutyun’s return to the government.
“It is noteworthy that Dashnaktsutyun representatives have categorically ruled out such a possibility until now,” “Haykakan Zhamanak” comments for its part.
“Zhamanak” says the fact that Wednesday’s demonstration in Yerevan against an electricity price rise was organized by non-partisan civic groups was further proof of a lack of popular trust in the Armenian opposition. “This is why citizens are detaching themselves from the political opposition,” writes the paper. “They will remain detached from it until the political opposition severs its links, no matter how slim, with the authorities or forms a new opposition lacking such links.”
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” says that President Serzh Sarkisian’s National Security Council continues to receive “huge” government funding despite being a largely moribund body. “In the course of April alone, the National Security Council spent about 2.39 million drams ($5,000) on car repair services,” reveals the pro-opposition paper. “Besides, this agency spent in April more than 600,000 drams on printing services. As for the National Security Council’s role in and significance for the state governance system, [the lack of it] is highlighted by the fact that the post of secretary of the National Security Council has been vacant for the past year.”
“That football is [part of] politics and business, often times a dirty one, has long been a well-known fact,” “Zhoghovurd” writes in a commentary on this week’s shock arrests in Switzerland of senior officials from the FIFA, the game’s worldwide governing body. “But the latest corruption scandal surrounding the FIFA leadership shows that this dirt encompasses a much bigger circle than the world of international football.”