“Zhamanak” writes that apart from once again exposing “the anti-popular essence of the authorities” the Armenian Communists will also renew their demands for joining the Russia-Belarus union at their rally on Thursday. The Communists and their sympathizers fail to realize that Russia, which “can not even feed its people,” will never come to the rescue of Armenians, the paper says.
A former senior member of the Armenian Communist Party (HKK) expelled from it for his opposition to the Russia-Belarus union tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that the HKK is now playing “others’ game” which has nothing to do with its interests. Yuri Manukian says the Communists are now cooperating with the three opposition parties that have joined forces to try to oust President Kocharian. They simply want to use the HKK in their campaign against the authorities, Manukian says.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” quotes one outspoken member of the Armenian parliament as saying that 90 percent of lawmakers are in favor of Kocharian’s resignation but are afraid of speaking out publicly. Manuk Gasparian, who is a member of the opposition People’s Party of Armenia (HZhK), claims that they do not want to put their “business, family and future” at risk. Gasparian therefore describes as “childish” the impeachment initiative by the HZhK and the Hanrapetutyun and National Unity parties.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” speculates that “remaining invisible” is Prime Minister Andranik Markarian’s main recipe for political survival. “Markarian is trying to make sure that Robert Kocharian or Serzh Sarkisian do not notice his existence.” So he is doing his best in order not to stand in their way. This means that he is not involved in decision making on any serious issue facing the country. Both Markarian and Kocharian seem to be happy with this situation.
In another report, “Haykakan Zhamanak” says last week’s murder of a man, blamed on Kocharian’s bodyguards, has caused some government ministers to change their attitude to the president. The ministers, whose names are not specified, are said to have privately slammed Kocharian after the incident. The rumors are circulating in government corridors and must have already reached the presidential administration. This gives the paper reason to expect corresponding cabinet changes.
There are still five days to go before the start of the census in Armenia, but “Aravot” already calls into question the credibility of its official results. It suspects that the authorities will seek to prove that Kocharian’s Armenia is “not a country which people leave.”