“Aravot” continues to berate the authorities for their failure to react to a series of reports exposing the personal wealth of senior government officials. It says those officials will now feel even safer in enjoying the fruits of their corrupt practices.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” does not trust the latest figures released by the National Statistics Service. It singles out the government assertion that net revenues of the population in December were twice higher than in November.
Commenting on Nairi Hunanian’s Friday statement in the court, “Haykakan Zhamanak” says the parliament shootings trial is “increasingly taking weird manifestations.” The paper says it is puzzled by Hunanian’s claim that “the trial is becoming a conspiracy aimed at the seizure of power.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” believes that with such statements Hunanian seeks to portray himself as Robert Kocharian’s “defender” in a bid to spread “some far-reaching ludicrous suspicions” about the president’s role in the parliament massacre.
Alvart Petrosian, a parliament deputy from the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that Hunanian’s execution is not worth Armenia’s expulsion from the Council of Europe. She also claims that the scale of economic troubles facing most Armenians has been grossly exaggerated by government opponents. “People, nevertheless, have found…ways to make a living,” she says. Petrosian at the same time pleads with government officials to be “more benevolent and generous.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” continues to keep its spotlight on plots allegedly hatched by Armenia’s former leaders. The paper says they can return to power only as a result of a “bitter confrontation between Russia and the West in the upcoming presidential elections” in Armenia. This is why they are whipping up “anti-Russian sentiment” through their newspapers and seeking to “appear more acceptable in the eyes of the West.” But the country’s former rulers fail to realize that both Russia and the West are only interested in having “predictable regimes” in the South Caucasus. “The current president of Armenia has managed to gain such a reputation,” the pro-presidential paper concludes.