“Haykakan Zhamanak” says that the Armenian opposition’s present tactic for regime change boils down to “taking no action.” “This seemingly ridiculous approach has a certain logic and some believe that it is this tactic that will bring down the regime,” it says. The paper argues that active opposition attempts at regime change caused the rival government factions to close ranks in the face of a “common enemy.” The end of the opposition’s spring campaign for regime change removed that threat, giving rise to renewed government infighting. The three coalition parties now regard each other as equally dangerous foes.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” adds that the two main opposition groups, the Artarutyun bloc and the National Unity Party (AMK), have similar plans of action. “In essence, both are expecting the government of some foreign nation to effect regime change,” it says. The opposition is waiting for the “right moment” for another offensive.
“The government and the opposition are components of a common political organism,” the leader of the pro-establishment People’s Deputy parliamentary group, Karen Karapetian, tells “Hayots Ashkhar.” “The absence of one of them suggests that the organism is flawed. This flaw must be eliminated. This must be everybody’s objective.” Karapetian says “all those social strata and public groups that are alienated from the government” must have a stake in the existing political order. He is also scathing about partisan appointments to various-level government positions.
“Do you remember a single case where a civil servant who made a fortune with illegal revenues resigned after being exposed by the media?” “Aravot” asks readers in a commentary purporting to prove that the authorities always ignore corruption reports. “Nobody in Armenia will tender resignation after being suspected of corruption. Our leaders do not care about any kind of criticism. They close A1+, do not allow Radio Liberty into the [TV] air for maintaining political stability,” the paper says sardonically.
“Azg” says that Armenian diplomatic missions in Russia are doing little to help Armenian citizens stranded on the Russian-Georgian border. “Authorities in both Georgia and South Ossetia are trying to solve political issues at the expense of those people,” writes the paper. Russia is not lagging behind. It is trying to discredit the Georgian authorities by means of the Armenians and create complications in the Yerevan-Tbilisi relations.”