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“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that after months of considerations connected with possible changes in the Constitution, the authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh have decided to introduce a strong presidential system rather than switch to a parliamentary form of government. “This is clear from the concept of constitutional amendments revealed yesterday,” writes the paper, citing the document: “The challenges facing Karabakh require a strong and united executive that will be able to mobilize the country’s whole resources both in peacetime and in wartime and efficiently react to the requirements of a particular situation. In this circumstance the importance of stability of government increases.” The paper notes that under the revealed concept, the president will be the head of the executive and there will be no prime minister in Karabakh.”

“Zhoghovurd” raises the question of responsibility for the deaths of three police officers during the recent attack by an armed group on a Yerevan police station and a subsequent 15-day standoff between security forces and gunmen loyal to a fringe opposition movement. It says its correspondent tried to clarify from the Special Investigation Service (SIS) whether criminal cases have been instituted in connection with the killings of the police officers and whether there are persons who are charged with these killings. In reply, the SIS press department said that “immediate investigative and forensic actions are being carried out as part of the proceedings” and that “at this stage of preliminary investigation details regarding the criminal case are not subject to publication.” The paper interprets it as an admission that no charges have yet been brought against anyone in connection with the killings of the police officers. It also notes that the body conducting the investigation still does not mention specific articles on the bases of which the case is instituted. In this regard, the periodical even doubts that any criminal case has been instituted yet at all. It says it is difficult to say why it is so.”

Former Yerevan mayor Vahagn Khachatrian comments in an interview with “Hraparak” on the recent speculation about a possible resignation of the government. In Khachatrian’s opinion, it will not matter who will occupy the post of the prime minister or ministers, because “people in these positions will not change anything in today’s Armenia.” “Neither the current tensions will be alleviated, nor the situation of businesses will improve... It is not by personalities that Armenia’s current problems are conditioned. These problems are conditioned by the system. If there is no political decision to change the current system, it does not matter who will be appointed to which position.” In this view, Khachatrian says that a change of government can only be implemented for the purpose of “distracting public attention”.

The editor of “Aravot” notes the “changeable” nature of politicians depending on whether they are in government or in opposition: “I have always wondered how those who advocate the most brutal and violent means and sometimes even commit violence while being in power become pure democrats and humanists after losing power…There are such people in the surroundings of both the first and second presidents of Armenia. I am not inclined to think that this only shows their hypocrisy. People do change. And former oppositionists also change when they become ministers.”

(Tigran Avetisian)

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