“Zhoghovurd” sees the cause of the unsuccessful performance of Armenian athletes at the current Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil, in what it describes as a “totally corrupt” government system in Armenia. “It is common knowledge that the nations where governments are totally corrupt fail in everything, including in sports. For about two decades Armenian governments have tried to prove to the society that it is possible to embezzle state budgets, avoid paying taxes and support sports through private donations of corrupt officials. This way these officials can get an image of benefactors, but the problem is that under such conditions, competition, which is part and parcel of any sport, gets eliminated, while it is government connections that start to play a role,” the paper writes.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that Armenia’s foreign-exchange reserves as of July 2016 total $1.589 billion, which it says is the lowest level of foreign-exchange reserves for the country for July in the past nine years: “Overall, recently the foreign-exchange reserves of Armenia have been at a rather low level. During the past six or seven years our foreign-exchange reserves have decreased by 25 percent, while our external debt has nearly doubled. It is, to put it mildly, incorrect to speak about any successes of the Armenian economy in such conditions.”
“Hraparak” suggests that the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) intends to make a certain “rotation” in the upcoming local elections. “In what has already become a tradition the HHK will not nominate incumbent mayors in several communities during elections scheduled for September-October. The party says it has decided to bring in new, younger politicians. For years there had been a different tradition in the HHK: to keep nominating the same person again and again. The logic of this proceeded from a simple fact that those mayors for years loyally served the political leadership without paying attention to the dissatisfaction of the people with their work. The HHK’s being pleased with it was all that mattered,” the daily writes.