“[Former President Robert] Kocharian will either become more active or finally leave the political arena,” “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” writes, commenting on former Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian’s plans to set up a new political party. The paper says Oskanian’s assurances that Kocharian is not behind the party should not necessarily be taken at face value. It also believes that the March 1, 2008 post-election violence in Yerevan remains Oskanian’s “weak spot.” “That March 1 is also a weak spot of the current authorities is another matter,” it adds. “So the [ruling] Republican Party will hardly dwell on this subject. After all, Vartan Oskanian was only a foreign minister [in 2008] and there were many more high-ranking officials in Armenia. One should only wait and see from which angle they will strike Oskanian’s weak spot. That will also show whether or not Kocharian has links with the party to be created by him.”
“Hraparak” notes that Oskanian’s announcement of the creation of his party swiftly rekindled speculation about Kocharian’s return to active politics. The paper says the speculation is being spread by the very media outlets that only recently announced Kocharian’s political demise. “Kocharian has never quit politics and he therefore does not have to return to politics,” it says. “One should not worry that all of a sudden Kocharian will join an active political struggle. We will see that when political parties publicize the lists of their election candidates.”
“If a developed and civilized country posted economic indicators like Armenia does now then the first reactions there would be demands for its government’s resignation,” writes “Zhamanak.” “But that is not the case in Armenia. The main reason for that is certainly the absence of an electoral mechanism [for changing the government.]” The paper claims that a poor economic track record only makes it easier for President Serzh Sarkisian and various factions within the ruling HHK to control Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian’s cabinet. “Armenia’s economy is thus held hostage to this situation,” it concludes.