“Zhamanak” says that the postponement of Hovik Abrahamian’s widely anticipated appointment as Armenia’s new prime minister “has created an extraordinary political situation in Armenia or, rather, exposed that situation.” “As events unfold and expose their shadowy nature, it is becoming obvious that on the issue of the new prime minister, the last thing subject to discussion, or the only thing not subject to any discussion, is the public interest,” writes the paper. It says ongoing talks and horse-trading over the composition of the new Armenian government resemble “palace intrigues” that have nothing to do with ordinary people and their needs.
“Aravot” believes that Armenia existing “semi-presidential system” of government will “unfortunately” not change as a result of constitutional reforms planned by President Serzh Sarkisian. The paper says that it will only undergo “a number of cosmetic corrections.” It advocates a far more radical solution that would abolish the post of president of the republic altogether.
“Serzh Sarkisian will indeed not run for president [in 2018,]” adds “Aravot.” “Whether the opposition will succeed in forcing pre-term presidential elections is not known. But one thing is clear. Those who think that things will change if the president of Armenia is called not Serzh Sarkisian but, say, Poghos Nikoghosian are deeply mired in delusion. And generally speaking, we may not have a president at all in the near future. He may well be replaced by a Russian governor.”