“Zhamanak” believes that the political system existing in Armenia and newly appointed Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian are a perfect match. “It is no accident that the post of prime minister is now occupied by someone who began his political career in the administration of the first president [Levon Ter-Petrosian,] continued and stepped it up under the second president [Robert Kocharian, and is bringing it to its climax during the third president’s rule,” writes the paper, calling Abrahamian a “symbol of the holy trinity of the ruling system.”
“168 Zham” says that with Abrahamian’s appointment President Serzh Sarkisian will maintain the unity of his political team and put an end to “games” with the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK). The paper expects the BHK and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) to cooperate with Abrahamian’s government without any formal arrangement.
Gagik Minasian, a senior parliamentarian from the ruling Republican Party (HHK), tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that Abrahamian is “acceptable to all parties” and “enjoys the trust of various political forces.” Minasian expresses hope that Abrahamian will lead a coalition government. “It is possible that different political forces will participate, in different formats, in the formation of the government,” he says. “They may, for example, be part of the coalition government but avoid assuming full responsibility for the government’s work … Our country already has such experience. There have been cases in the history of our executive branch where acceptance of full responsibility was not a precondition for getting ministerial portfolios.”
“As always, we have chosen the worst path, the path of not clearing up the political scene and maintaining turmoil in the country,” writes “Hraparak.” “We have preferred to keep our country in the swamp … It is obvious that the ruling majority will not manage to change anything in the country. The problem is not about the choice of the prime minister. The problem is a systemic one. It stems from the form of governance and relationships that have taken hold in the country. Hovik Abrahamian’s appointment will only breathe a new life into the country’s number one problem -- the oligarchy intertwined with the political system.”