“Hraparak” says the official outcome of the weekend municipal elections in Yerevan has left Armenia’s opposition parties pondering their political future. “Several of them have to draw serious conclusions, while others need restructuring or are simply facing an exit from the political arena,” writes the paper. “Each of them needs to understand just how the ruling party managed to get so many votes, a semi-opposition party finished second and the radical opposition was practically driven out of the political struggle. Why is it that a political force led by Levon Ter-Petrosian, the winner of 2008, got less than 5 percent of the vote in 2013, while the 125-year-old Dashnaktsutyun got just over 3 percent? How could the political force that has long governed a country with so many problems get so many votes?”
“After the 2008 global economic crisis many governments around the world had to leave office because of not only GDP declines but even insufficient growth,” writes “Orakarg.” “Among those ceding power have been charismatic figures like [Nicolas] Sarkozy and [George] Papandreou. In neighboring Georgia, right under our noses, one of the most charismatic leaders in Georgia’s history, Mikheil Saakashvili, also had to cede power. In Armenia, which suffered the second most drastic [GDP] decline in the world in 2008-2009, the government’s percentage figures have been going up and their positions strengthening.” The paper believes that the long-serving government of a country like Armenia cannot be that popular.
“Zhamanak” says there is a growing public sense that opposition and civic groups need to conduct detailed analyses and work hard with ordinary people “in order to overcome this electoral pit of Armenia.” The paper says this will require a “revision of their political agenda.” “But is the existing political camp capable of doing this work?” it asks. “In this regard, there are many, many questions.”
“The preliminary results of the municipal elections did not quite come as a surprise,” writes “Hayots Ashkhar.” “What happen was pretty much predictable.”