“Zhoghovurd” carries an editorial on the first anniversary of President Serzh Sarkisian’s inauguration for a second term in office. The paper says that Sarkisian has so far failed to deliver on his promise to achieve economic betterment in Armenia. In particular, it says, economic growth in the country slowed considerably in 2013 and shows no signs of accelerating in 2014.
“Ever since 1998, April 9 has been a day of disappointment for Armenia’s citizens,” “Haykakan Zhamanak” writes on the subject. “For four times, individuals who usurped power have held their inauguration ceremonies on this day. Robert Kocharian laid the foundation for this April 9 tradition when he took over as president following the rigged presidential election of February 1998.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” claims that the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) is turning its back on the three opposition parties represented in parliament following Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian’s surprise resignation last week. The paper says that the four parties will imitate close cooperation for a while and then gradually stop doing even that. “There is nothing tragic about that,” it says.
“Aravot” similarly says that the BHK as well as the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) are now seriously considering returning to the government. “In other words, the groundwork is being laid for a political consolidation around [former President] Robert Kocharian,” editorializes the paper. It notes with sarcasm that the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) and its top leader, former President Levon Ter-Petrosian, should now feel happy about this momentous change.
“Zhamanak” claims that Armenia is struggling to find international support for the displaced ethnic Armenian population of Kessab, a small town in Syria close to the Turkish border, because of its pro-Russian stance on the crisis in Ukraine. “This is a vivid example of the long-term threat to Armenia’s interests and security posed by Yerevan’s pro-Russian stance on Ukraine,” writes the paper.