“Hayots Ashkhar” criticizes the opposition minority in the Armenian parliament for demanding the formation of ad hoc commissions that would investigate various controversial issues. The paper dismisses these initiatives as publicity stunts and urges the parliament majority to reject most of them.
“Zhamanak” reports that the international community has urged Ukraine’s new leadership to rein in widespread corruption and return at least some of what was “plundered” by the previous regime to state coffers. The paper believes that Western powers are thereby seeking to neutralize “the danger of a brutal redistribution of wealth” in the country. It says that Armenia may well face similar calls in the future.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” claims that there are growing concerns within the Armenian government that public discontent with its controversial pension reform may develop into the kind of street protests that brought down Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich. “The ruling elite already has a clear idea of public mood relating to this new pension system,” writes the paper. “President Serzh Sarkisian personally admitted recently that 80 percent of the population is against the pension reform. On the other hand, the current authorities are extremely interested in the new system because they expect to collect at least $100 million in additional revenue each year and use that money, through different mechanisms, for closing various holes in the state budget.”
“Hraparak” comments on “worrisome” imports of eggs to Armenia, saying that they are hitting hard local poultry farms. The paper says that the latter are struggling to compete with the imports. “Besides, as specialists say, eggs past their sell-by date are sold in the market and the rights of both manufacturers and consumers are violated at present,” it says, adding that some farm owners plan to ask state anti-trust regulators to investigate the alleged foul play by egg importers.