“Aravot” regards as “suspicious” the fact that the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) is entering into an alliance with President Serzh Sarkisian’s Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) now, just over a year before the next parliamentary elections. The paper cannot help but think that Dashnaktsutyun wants to use its ministerial portfolios and other government posts as illicit “administrative resources” in the May 2017 elections.
“Zhamanak” says that the power-sharing negotiations between the two parties are “dragging on.” “On one hand, the two sides have no reason to hurry,” writes the paper. “On the other hand, there is certainly a major clash of interests in the HHK ranks, and none of its factions wants Serzh Sarkisian to form a coalition [with Dashnaktsutyun] at the expense of their levers.” A good thing about this situation, it says, is that there is a degree of “pluralism” within the ruling regime. “But when it comes to the public’s interests the authorities do not give a damn about democracy, debates and real pluralism because at stake are not the interests of government factions,” it says.
“People have approached me on the street and said they have high hopes for the Dashnaktsutyun-HHK cooperation,” Aghvan Vartanian, a senior Dashnaktsutyun figure, is quoted by “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” as saying. The paper ridicules Vartanian’s claim. “Several persons may have indeed approached Vartanian, but he clearly was lucky,” it says. “Can you imagine what would have happened if he had been approached by all those people who pin no hopes on HHK-Dashnaktsutyun cooperation?”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that the Central Bank of Armenia (CBA) on Thursday spent more than $29 million in the local currency market to prevent a sharp depreciation of the Armenian dram. “This is the first major hard currency intervention carried out by the CBA of late,” says the paper. “It’s quite spectacular. It means that demand for the U.S. dollar is rapidly growing in Armenia, which could significantly weaken the dram.”