“168 Zham” is worried about parliament speaker Hovik Abrahamian’s possible appointment as prime minister, saying that it would only make things worse in Armenia. “Even for [former Prime Minister] Tigran Sarkisian’s most bitter critics, replacing him by Abrahamian cannot be considered a positive change,” writes the paper. “It seemed during Sarkisian’s tenure that things just cannot get any worse. The talk of Abrahamian’s appointment shows that they can. While Tigran Sarkisian at least tried to cover the regime’s criminal-oligarchic flaws with an intellectual shroud, Abrahamian can only underline them because he is one of the pillars of the system.”
“In terms of weakening distrust in the authorities, it’s hard to say a good thing about Hovik Abrahamian because he embodies all the negative things that exist within Armenia’s ruling elite,” writes “Haykakan Zhamanak.” “In the domestic political sense, however, Abrahamian can be very beneficial for Serzh Sarkisian. He has a huge influence on the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) and Dashnaktsutyun. If he becomes prime minister, talk of cracks within the [ruling] HHK will be even more ludicrous. Abrahamian would also keep a tight rein on the oligarchic system and the government pyramid would thus be more disciplined.”
“Zhamanak” says Abrahamian’s appointment would mark a “nepotistic coup d’état” staged by Armenia’s “criminal-oligarchic system.” “In effect, this is inevitable given [Armenia’s] chosen path to joining the Customs Union,” writes the paper. “In these conditions, no entity except the criminal-oligarchic system, which has been reinforced by intermarriages and other personal relationships in recent years, can accomplish anything in Armenia.” The paper points out that Abrahamian is related to Prosperous Armenia Party leader Gagik Tsarukian through the marriage of their children.
“Zhoghovurd” comments on reports that several officials from the Ministry of Justice beat up and verbally abused another citizen. The paper believes is that an inquiry into the incident ordered by Justice Minister Hrayr Tovmasian is primarily aimed at salvaging his own reputation that has been tarnished by a number of controversial statements.