“Hayastani Hanrapetutyun” voices fresh misgivings about the success of opposition efforts to form a united front ahead of the next presidential elections. The government-run paper focuses its attention on the People’s and Hanrapetutyun parties, saying that they will not succeed in forming an electoral bloc similar to the once powerful Miasnutyun. Not least because of their narrow political agendas.
A senior member of the opposition National Accord party, Sarkis Muradkhanian, tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that the political and economic program unveiled last week by the party’s leader, Artashes Geghamian, has already drawn numerous “admiring” comments from ordinary people. “But so far no party has sent us any suggestions or comments,” he adds.
Meanwhile, another major opposition force, the Armenian Communist Party (HKK), also publishes a plan of actions in its weekly newspaper, “Hayastani Komunist.” The HKK’s “principled approaches to the change of regime and political system” says that the 16 opposition parties, if they win the presidential elections, will quickly restore Armenia’s “ruined economy” and create conditions for the country’s “sustainable development.” The HKK also urges its allies not to succumb to “all kinds of temptation, provocation and adventure.”
“Iravunk” suspects that both the current authorities and the former ruling HHSh are making coordinated efforts to precipitate the collapse of the 16-party opposition coalition with the help of their loyal media. “One gets the impression that the work of the two propaganda machines is coordinated from the same center. Both camps note that Robert Kocharian and Levon Ter-Petrosian will be the main contenders in the upcoming presidential elections. Both want Kocharian and Ter-Petrosian to compete with each other” and show that there are no other political heavyweights in Armenia, the paper says. “The former and current authorities simply struck a mutually beneficial deal. Robert Kocharian can get reelected without blatant vote falsification and the use of military force only if his main rival is Levon Ter-Petrosian.” As for Ter-Petrosian, he simply wants to make a strong showing in the elections to stage a triumphant political comeback.
But “Iravunk” too believes that the opposition grouping will eventually fall apart. It predicts that only the left-wing and pro-Russian opposition parties are likely to form an electoral alliance.