“Hraparak” wonders whether President Serzh Sarkisian’s surprise interview with the Armenian Public Television means that he and his entourage have finally realized the need to do a better job of explaining their policies to ordinary people and communicating with them more frequently. The paper says Sarkisian needs to make them believe that he is not their enemy and is guided by Armenia’s interests.
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” notes that despite blasting critics of his efforts to make Armenia part of the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) Sarkisian failed to specify any dates for Armenia’s accession to it. This means, the pro-opposition paper says, that prospects for Armenia’s membership in the union remain uncertainty despite the fact Sarkisian’s government has done everything to achieve it as soon as possible.
“Zhamanak” comments on Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian’s remark that a unified tax code is needed to improve the domestic investment climate and make Armenia’s economy more competitive. The paper dismisses the idea, saying that the country’s problem run deeper. “For instance, if Armenia was to be competitive Hovik Abrahamian should not have been prime minister in the first place,” it says, arguing that Abrahamian, his relatives and cronies are wealthy businesspeople disinterested in fair competition.
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” attacks Vahram Baghdasarian, the parliamentary leader of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), for warning on Tuesday that the situation in the country’s energy sector is “critical” and that power shortages will inevitable unless electricity prices are raised. The paper argues that the last Armenia had an energy crisis it was at war with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh. Incidentally, it says, the recently appointed Energy Minister Yervand Zakharian was prosecuted in the early 1990s for allegedly embezzling fuel oil that meant for Armenian thermal-power plants.