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“Haykakan Zhamanak” says that there is a continuing debate in Armenia on the reasons for Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian’s resignation and the extent of other personnel changes in the Armenian government that will be made in the coming days or weeks. “The most widespread theory is that everything was decided in Moscow and is directly connected with the 2017 parliamentary elections that will predetermine Armenia’s next leadership,” writes the paper. “The change of prime minister certainly has to do with the upcoming elections and Moscow’s role should not be underestimated.”

“One could have also accepted a widely held belief that with this change Moscow took over Armenia’s next government,” continues “Haykakan Zhamanak.” “But there is one fact that allows us to cast doubt on this theory: Hovik Abrahamian’s activities in the last few years.” The paper claims that Abrahamian has been engaged in “intrigues” aimed at unseating President Serzh Sarkisian and replacing him at the helm. “True, all those attempts have failed. But for Serzh Sarkisian, entering the pre-election period together with such a high-ranking official [like Abrahamian] would have meant putting his plans at serious risk,” it says.

“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” describes Abrahamian as “Armenia’s best prime minister of the last 10-15 years.” “His work style perfectly suited the economic conditions in Armenia,” writes the paper. “The guy worked serenely, trying to solve some issues. He didn’t use convoluted economic terms or glorify pathetic plans to build a sea port in Gyumri or turn Dilijan into an international center.”

“Let us hope that the purpose of these almost unrealistic instructions issued by [the new Prime Minister] Karen Karapetian was not to once again highlight the failings of the current government and thereby substantiate the sackings of its members but rather to indicate a concrete plan of advancing his own approaches regarding those issues,” writes “Zhoghovurd.”

“Zhamanak” says that with Artur Davtian’s appointment as Armenia’s new prosecutor-general President Sarkisian further tightened his grip on the entire security apparatus. “This is probably the price of a consensus paid for agreements on pre-election processes,” suggests the paper.

(Naira Bulghadarian)

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