“Zhoghovurd” notes that only three opposition parties -- the Armenian National Congress (HAK), Zharangutyun (Heritage) and Civil Contract -- have refused to meet with President Serzh Sarkisian and discuss his constitutional changes. “All those [opposition] political forces and leaders who went to the presidential palace to meet Sarkisian thereby demonstrated that they do not threaten his regime in any way and that their sole objective is to have their share of the pie,” writes the paper. It says that they can now be considered Sarkisian’s “silent allies.”
“Hraparak” quotes Gurgen Yeghiazarian, a veteran opposition figure who had served as deputy head of Armenia’s National Security Service (NSS) in the 1990s, as denouncing implicit NSS threats to prosecute opposition deputy Zaruhi Postanjian for her alleged calls for a violent regime change in the country. “The NSS has done yet another foolish thing,” he says. Yeghiazarian argues that as a member of the National Assembly Postanjian enjoys immunity from prosecution. He blames the NSS’s current director, Gorik Hakobian, for the controversial threat. “It is likely that that person is in a state of grave senility,” claims Yeghiazarian. “Otherwise, he would not have signed such a statement.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” reports that the Armenian national currency, the dram, has rallied slightly in the last two weeks following its renewed depreciation against the U.S. dollar. “Also visible is the euro’s weakening against the Armenian currency,” writes the paper. It attributes these exchange rate fluctuations to increased demand for the dram in the local currency market. “It is not accidental that both the dollar and the euro have weakened against the dram,” it says.