“Zhamanak” says the four Armenian parliamentary parties challenging President Serzh Sarkisian have still not clarified whether they will be seeking his resignation and who they think should replace Tigran Sarkisian as prime minister. The paper says that “yet another disappointment” may be awaiting Armenians planning to attend joint demonstrations scheduled by those parties for April 28-30.
“Aravot” appears to play down the significance of the planned protests, saying that political groups and individuals in Armenia have a legal right to take to the streets and demand regime change or anything else. “In western and eastern Europe such things happen quite often,” the paper writes in an editorial. “In Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan or Russia that is not possible. Sometimes those rallies end in success, and sometimes they don’t. What matters is that a government must always hear the most bitter criticism of its actions, both inside the parliament and on the street.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” quotes Hovannes Sahakian, a senior deputy from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), as saying that the opposition is free to take any actions “within the bounds of law.” But those oppositionists who will break the law will be dealt with accordingly, he warns in reference to the upcoming rallies.
“Zhoghovurd” claims that Russia has been increasing the number of its soldiers stationed in Armenia because of global “geopolitical developments,” rather than the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. “This is also the reason for the forthcoming signing of a military-political accord between Turkey and Azerbaijan that envisages the possibility of mutual military assistance,” speculates the paper. “That treaty represents a serious challenge to Armenia, which continues to pin hopes mainly on Russia, a country that keeps exploiting the Armenian factor in its [geopolitical] games,” it says.