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“Zhamanak” notes that the latest congress of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) has provoked unusually emotional (and mainly negative) reactions from politically active citizens. The paper is surprised with that, saying that the HHK “presented itself at the congress the way it has always done during its nearly 20 years in power.” “The HHK is a classical ruling party characteristic of totalitarian systems, which unites career-minded, opportunistic and hypocritical individuals prepared for making fortunes at the expense of public resources,” it says.

“Hraparak” disapproves of the Armenian parliament’s plans to allow its members to defect from their political parties that have helped them gain their parliament seats. The paper claims that the authorities are thus preparing ground for co-opting opposition lawmakers “ready for deals” in case they have trouble pushing their bills through the National Assembly.

“Aravot” make a case for tougher government action against domestic violence in Armenia, saying that the problem has negative ramifications for the entire society. “If the most benighted of our compatriots think that they have the right to resort to domestic violence because that is their personal business or because it’s an old Armenian tradition, then the state should do something about it,” editorializes the paper. “Our state is underdeveloped and poor. It would have been great if our state bodies had protected children in an effective way, especially in families with grave social problems. But the weakness of the state does not justify in any way the culture of violence, which gets a heroic aura in some limited minds.”

“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that one of the several bio toilets purchased by the Armenian government in 2012 for a total of 124 million drams ($260,000) is not functioning. “It is not only not working but has also broken down,” the paper says, decrying what it calls a waste of taxpayers’ money.

(Tigran Avetisian)

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