“Zhoghovurd” writes: “There is no doubt that if [current President] Serzh Sarkisian continues to exert influence on local politics in his status as leader of the majority party after the Constitution is changed, during differences between different branches of power the Constitutional Court will do the way that Sarkisian wishes. We have plenty of experience of this, while there is no guarantee for the opposite.”
“168 Zham” opines that both the “Yes” and “No” campaigns ahead of the December 6 referendum on constitutional changes are “doomed to failure”. “Ideas and values have long ceased to be decisive factors in Armenia’s political life and in relations in society. Interest, a greater interest and an even greater interest have come to replace these categories. And the greater part of the public, unfortunately, shows criminal pragmatism by pursuing in any electoral process its immediate interests, which fluctuates in the range of 10 to 40 dollars [in electoral bribes],” the paper says.
“Zhamanak” suggests that the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) wants to ensure its larger presence in the next coalitional government in exchange for its support for the proposed constitutional reform. “The party understands that even if they sign some kind of agreement with the Republican Party in January and get some posts in the government, this agreement will have a short life, because the next parliamentary elections will be held in Armenia already in 2017,” the paper writes.
Armenia’s Deputy Finance Minister Pavel Safarian tells “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” that the draft state budget for 2016 is aimed at maintaining certain stability. “There is no great development or solutions to big social problems, nor increase of salaries and pensions in it,” Safarian says. The paper comments: “In reality, this means that next year the socio-economic situation will worsen. No rise in salaries and pensions is foreseen, while inflation is expected to be at the level of 4 percent. It means that only judging from this, the cost of life in Armenia will be 4 percent higher in 2016.”
(Heghine Buniatyan and Anush Mkrtchian)