“Iravunk” says that members of the outgoing Armenian parliament are increasingly losing interest in legislative work. They are now more concerned with securing their place in the next National Assembly. Hence, growing behind-the-scene consultations among parliamentary parties and individual deputies. The paper predicts that as the parliamentary elections approach differences among political groups supporting President Kocharian will deepen.
The parliament’s deputy speaker, Tigran Torosian, accuses the opposition minority of disrupting the legislative process by taking endless breaks before crucial parliament votes. Torosian tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that this tactics, which he describes as “kindergarten games,” will not work.
“Orran” says the authorities are “doing everything” to form another obedient parliament in the May 25 elections “with the same methods and tricks they applied during the presidential elections.” The paper urges voters to turn out in large numbers for the polls. “We should not only make a choice but also be able to defend our votes and to declare a war on vote rigging, a popular guerilla war,” it says.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” claims that the constitutional amendments Robert Kocharian wants to put on a referendum would increase, not reduce, his sweeping powers. Kocharian would be able to appoint more senior officials single-handedly.
“Yerkir” complains that on any issue the Armenian opposition is motivated only by its dislike of Kocharian. The opposition paints things only in black and white colors. The referendum on constitutional reform is no exception, the paper says.