“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” speculates that uncertainty over possible dates for Armenia’s accession to the Russian-led Customs Union could reflect negatively on the economic situation in the country and undercut the newly appointed Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian. The paper says Abrahamian would risk being made a scapegoat for the economic problems and be sacked. “This is apparently seen in our political scene as the most likely scenario. That is why no political force [other than the ruling Republican Party] has agreed to join the [governing] coalition,” it says.
“Hraparak” sees a shortage of skilled specialists “in all spheres” of life in Armenia. “Serzh Sarkisian is facing a very difficult challenge of finding cadres that would be loyal to him, have work experience and would not get him in more serious trouble,” writes the paper.
“Zhamanak” says the authorities are doing nothing to stop Armenians from emigrating to Russia in search of employment and to make them feel themselves proud citizens of their country. “The Armenian citizen in Armenia is humiliated and his property and dignity trampled underfoot,” claims the paper. “The government system in Armenia that has taken shaped in the past two decades has produced … an army of millionaires fighting for power and a redistribution of resources, rather than independence the dignity of Armenia’s citizens. In Armenia, the governing and opposition forces are fighting to please Russia and the Kremlin, rather than Armenia’s citizens.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” believes that the business environment of Armenia will not improve as long as the country’s prime minister, chief tax official and other senior officials are individuals who have made big fortunes while in office.