“Zhamanak” says that the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) and the three main established opposition parties have effectively stopped their joint anti-government activities after last month’s resignation of Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian and his government. The paper says that they cancelled a joint rally planned for April 28 and are now doing nothing to hinder the formation of a new cabinet headed by Hovik Abrahamian. It says the rally could have forced President Serzh Sarkisian to make more important concessions to the opposition.
Yervand Manarian, a prominent Armenian actor and intellectual sympathetic to the opposition, tells “Hraparak” that he has no major expectations from the new government. “Frankly speaking, we are sick and tired of having expectations and then watching how they are not lived up to,” explains Manarian. “Over the past years we have had a certain achievement: the civil society has begun to take shape. People take to the streets, formulate demands and seek their fulfillment.”
Interviewed by “Hayots Ashkhar,” Davit Babayan, a spokesman for Karabakh President Bako Sahakian, comments on reports that the United States is planning a new push for an Armenian-Azerbaijani peace deal. Babayan says that there are no “movements” in the peace process yet. “Instead, there is an increased interest towards Artsakh,” he says. “For instance, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives [Ed Royce] met recently with NKR President Bako Sahakian.”