“Zhoghovurd” reports that Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian made clear on Tuesday that his government will carry on with a controversial pension reform that was launched under his predecessor Tigran Sarkisian. Abrahamian described “demagogic” opposition calls for scrapping the reform. The paper says this characterization itself is demagogic. It also ridicules Abrahamian’s remark that the reform will now be “mandatory but not imposed.” “That is utter nonsense,” it says.
“Zhamanak” looks at implications of Tuesday’s meeting of Armenian National Congress (HAK) leader Levon Ter-Petrosian and Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) leader Gagik Tsarukian. “It is noteworthy that not only [leaders of] Dashnaktsutyun but also Zharangutyun were absent from the talks this time around,” writes the paper. “This is understandable because right now at issue is cooperation between the HAK and the BHK, rather than within the [opposition] quartet.” The paper says Ter-Petrosian and Tsarukian need to “clarify their relationship” and their attitudes to Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian.
“Since Abrahamian was appointed as prime minister, the HAK has been trying to get Abrahamian to agree to acting against Serzh Sarkisian from within the government. The BHK, for its part, is not challenging Abrahamian, preferring not to send him any messages,” concludes “Zhamanak.”
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” says Armenia’s accession to the Customs Union is not going smoothly anymore, with some Russian pundits close the Kremlin now saying that Yerevan has abandoned plans to join the Russian-led alliance. They point to Armenian officials’ insistence on Armenia and Karabakh remaining a “single economic area,” which does not sit well with at least one member of the union, Kazakhstan.
Citing unnamed sources, “Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that Poland’s ambassador to Armenia, Zdzislaw Raczynski, met with parliament speaker Galust Sahakian this week to discuss the Armenian authorities’ controversial plans to place a statue of Stalin-era Soviet leader Anastas Mikoyan in Yerevan. “The ambassador told Sahakian that they hope in Warsaw that the Armenian authorities will take into consideration the feelings of the Polish people,” writes the paper. It reminds readers of the fact that Mikoyan was one of the members of Joseph Stalin’s Politburo who signed an order authorizing the 1940 execution of 22,000 Polish army officers taken prisoner by the Soviet army.