Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian’s resignation took “Zhamanak” by surprise. The paper is highly skeptical about the official theory that Sarkisian himself asked President Serzh Sarkisian to relieve him of his duties. “At any rate, it must be concluded that Tigran Sarkisian’s resignation was demanded by the public because the economic policy of his government can be considered failed, to say the least,” it says.
“Hraparak” says Sarkisian’s resignation was unexpected for the public and “disastrous for his small team.” “It is not yet known what Tigran Sarkisian is going to do now,” writes the paper. “They say in his entourage that any international structure would love to hire him. And if we take into consideration his long-running connections in Spain, one can assume that the former prime minister will prefer to live there.”
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says Sarkisian’s resignation was long overdue. The pro-opposition paper also points out that he is only the second Armenian prime minister who officially stepped down at his own initiative.
“The prime minister’s resignation was so unexpected that even Tigran Sarkisian was not aware of his letter of resignation,” “Zhoghovurd” writes scathingly. The paper says Sarkisian presided over a cabinet meeting and “robustly” commented on the Constitutional Court ruling on his pension reform just hours before the announcement of his departure. It also claims that Serzh Sarkisian plans to make “very serious changes in the state apparatus” after wrong-footing the four parliamentary opposition parties.
“They have fought against Tigran Sarkisian and it is not clear who they are going to fight against now,” adds “Zhoghovurd,” wondering whether Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) will now “dare” to take to the streets and demand the president’s resignation.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” says Serzh Sarkisian’s main motive in the choice of the next prime minister is to ensure that political tension in Armenia does not run high ahead of a constitutional referendum expected in 2016 and the 2017 parliamentary elections. “From this standpoint, [Defense Minister] Seyran Ohanian and [Deputy Prime Minister] Armen Gevorgian seem to be the most convenient candidates,” writes the paper. “The appointment of Vigen Sargsian (the chief of the presidential staff) should also not be ruled out.” As for giving the job to BHK leader Gagik Tsarukian or former President Robert Kocharian, the paper believes such a move would mean that Sarkisian is “ceding power.”