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“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” claims that the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) is so deeply unpopular in Armenia that it will hardly suffer further damage from its leaders’ decision to rejoin President Serzh Sarkisian’s government. “Nobody expected anything different from Dashnaktsutyun because right from the beginning the supreme goal of that party has been gaining access to government perks,” writes the pro-opposition daily. It says attempts to assess Dashnaktsutyun’s decision from an ethical standpoint are therefore absolutely meaningless.

“People are still ashamed of admitting that they are seeking government posts or parliament seats,” “Aravot” comments on the same subject. “In response to questions on this topic, they usually speak of their commitment to the nation.” This is why, it says, Dashnaktsutyun’s announcement of a planned power-sharing deal with Sarkisian was strongly criticized by critics of the Armenian government. The paper defends the party, saying that it is honest and frank about its political plans.

“Zhamanak” says, meanwhile, that the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) until recently headed by businessman Gagik Tsarukian insists that unlike Dashnaktsutyun it has not been offered to rejoin the government yet. BHK representatives say the party will agree to take up government posts only if it is able to seriously influence major decisions to be taken by the would-be coalition. The paper suggests that the BHK is now “jealous” about Sarkisian’s desire to again team up with Dashnaktsutyun on the latter’s terms because that is reducing the BHK’s political significance to the ruling regime. It also claims that the BHK is now controlled by Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian and wonders whether he is now unhappy with the Armenian president.

“Hraparak” says that Russian lawmakers’ decision to boycott next week’s session of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) is bad news for the Armenian delegation at the PACE. The paper says that the Russians could have helped their Armenian colleagues block pro-Azerbaijani draft resolutions on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict that will be debated by the Strasbourg-based assembly.

(Tigran Avetisian)

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