“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says the differences between the radical opposition and Gagik Tsarukian’s Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) are not as serious as they might seem. The paper says they agree on the need to change Armenia’s leadership, with the BHK favoring a gradual achievement of that objective.
“Aravot” says that even if the BHK and the three opposition parties represented in Armenia’s parliament work out a common agenda their demands for the resignation of President Serzh Sarkisian or his government would mean nothing without being backed by the public. “Would a change of particular individuals lead to regime change?” editorializes the paper. “Definitely not because, as one of our political analysts has pointed out, the regime draws its power not from police batons or foreign assistance but the minds of our citizens and that has to do with historical circumstances.”
“One gets the impression that our political actors are gearing up for a big war,” writes “Hayots Ashkhar.” The paper says that various politicians have been sending cryptic messages to that effect of late. “Are they again bluffing? It is hard to tell,” it says.
“Zhoghovurd” comments on Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko’s remark that rampant corruption was the root cause of the recent anti-government revolt in Ukraine and that he will therefore crack down hard on any manifestation of graft in his country. “Only an idiot will learn no lessons from what happened in Ukraine,” Lukashenko said. The paper takes a similar view, saying that Ukrainians had grown sick and tired of misrule and hoped that European integration would help to cure their country’s ills.
“There were similar expectations in Armenia when Serzh Sarkisian misled everyone for almost four years, giving the impression that he is seeking European integration,” continues “Zhoghovurd.” “During that time even Sarkisian’s most bitter foes admitted that for all his failings he is opting for the European system of governance.” The paper notes that Armenian officials have significantly toned down their anti-corruption rhetoric since Sarkisian decided to join the Russian-led Customs Union.