“Zhamanak” continues to closely monitor friction between the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) caused by Dashnaktsutyun leader Armen Rustamian’s claim that the Armenian government is deeply unpopular. The paper says that Rustamian on Tuesday sought to downplay and “dilute” his statement in the face of strong criticism from senior HHK figures. “Thus, Dashnaktsutyun is backpedaling,” it says. “The situation is becoming really ridiculous. This means that the HHK has managed to gain, so to speak, a psychological advantage over Dashnaktsutyun.”
“Aravot” says that new figures alone would not improve the Armenian political landscape. “We need people with a new way of thinking who do not overestimate their personalities and ambitions, are devoid of paranoid suspicions, show restraint and tolerance towards everyone, and express their opinions in a calm and non-aggressive manner,” editorializes the paper.
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” quotes Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian as saying on Tuesday that it is “immoral” to blame Armenian diplomats for what many see as diplomatic setbacks suffered by Armenia. Nalbandian described his diplomats to “soldiers” who are fighting on a different front. “So [senior government officials] have found a uniform method,” comments the pro-opposition daily.” “Those who do not want to see any criticism of their areas of responsibility are going to call their subordinates soldiers. For them, for example, policemen, prosecutors and judges are also soldiers who are simply engaged in law-enforcement … And soldiers cannot be criticized because the army is sacred for us.”