“Aravot” reports that the opposition’s decision to delay the start of signature collection in support of impeachment proceedings against President Kocharian took parliamentarians by surprise. Many of them were deliberately absent from the parliament on Tuesday in order to avoid facing an angry crowd that demonstrated for Kocharian’s resignation outside the building. As for the opposition leaders, they were trying to mobilize greater support for their anti-presidential campaign. “First of all, the opposition is winning time to persuade others. Besides, there is a difference between considering the issue at regular and extraordinary sessions.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” writes that “the people are threatening to demolish the walls of the National Assembly if the deputies continue to escape from the parliament garage and fail to sign the petition calling for Robert Kocharian’s resignation.” The paper also says that even if the organizers of the signature collection manage to secure 44 signatures the parliament majority will be able to delay a debate on the issue.
But “Azg” says that the leadership of the parliament will have no other option but to call an emergency session. The opposition is pinning its hopes on deputies who are hiding their dislike of Kocharian but would be willing to display it in the event of a secret ballot.
“Hayots Ashkhar” says the opposition knows that it stands no chance of ousting Kocharian by constitutional means. The impeachment attempt is just a propaganda ploy designed to discredit the president, the paper says.