“Aravot” has serious misgivings about Armenia’s transition to a parliamentary system of government. “The risk is that political parties in Armenia are not well-established and the parliamentary system based on them would not be strong enough,” explains the paper. It says that a prime minister serving under the parliamentary system would be heavily dependent on “uneducated and unprincipled” individuals who only care about their businesses and personal well-being.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” quotes economist Ashot Yeghiazarian as saying that Armenia cannot become a transit route for Iranian gas exports to Europe after the forthcoming lifting of Western economic sanctions imposed on Iran. He claims that membership in the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union prevents Armenia from cutting such deals with Iran on its own.
“Efforts made by the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group seem to have borne fruit,” writes “Zhoghovurd.” “Despite trading harsh recriminations and making statements questioning each other’s legitimacy, the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan have expressed readiness to meet in the coming months. It is not yet known when and where that meeting will take place. But the very fact that the presidents of the two countries discuss and agree on their next meeting against the background of mutually harsh rhetoric and border tensions is something that promises a positive dynamic.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” looks at a growing debate in Armenia over the continuing construction of new churches usually financed by wealthy individuals close to the government. “People resent not the emergence of more worship sites but costly construction taking place in the absence of their practical use,” comments the paper. “A temple must be built in people’s souls before it can become an architectural monument.” It says critics are right to demand that the Armenian Apostolic Church take care of its dilapidated medieval monasteries before encouraging the construction of new ones.