“Iravunk” claims that Minister for Local Government Hovik Abrahamian has launched a “large-scale shadowy struggle” against Galust Sahakian, the parliamentary leader of the governing Republican Party (HHK), of which Abrahamian is also a member. The paper says Abrahamian is going to great lengths to thwart efforts by Sahakian’s son Arman to become the mayor of Yerevan’s Ajapnyak district. It says that Abrahamian acts as a Republican only until 6 p.m. and “works for the Prosperous Party” for the rest of the day, trying to undercut the Sahakians as part of that work.
“Well-informed sources have revealed that a new dispute is emerging within the government,” writes “Haykakan Zhamanak.” “This time it is related to the further career of Levon Sargsian, a National Assembly deputy known as ‘Alraghatsi Lyov.’ The thing is that Serzh Sarkisian intends to have him appointed head of the Armenian Railway limited liability company.” But, says the paper, Transport Minister Andranik Manukian is strongly opposed to the appointment and has turned to President Robert Kocharian for support. “The latter, according to rumors circulating in the ruling elite, says that Alraghatsi Lyov does not deserve that post,” it says. Manukian is said to be close to oligarch Gagik Tsarukian and his Prosperous Armenia party.
“Aravot” recalls that Victor Dallakian, an opposition leader who appears to have defected to Prosperous Armenia, has said in the past that Yerevan’s Nubarashen prison has special cells designed for Serzh Sarkisian and Robert Kocharian. The paper quotes a senior member of the opposition Hanrapetutyun party, former Interior Minister Suren Abrahamian, as pouring scorn on Dallakian over the remark. “I wish he had said before leaving [the opposition camp] what concrete prison cells are meant [for Kocharian and Sarkisian,]” says Abrahamian.
“Hayots Ashkhar,” meanwhile, attacks Tsarukian over his claims that Prosperous Armenia already boasts 300,000 members, saying that people join the party for cash. “Those who are doubtful [about the membership figure] should not be blamed,” says the paper. “They have simply not been offered yet to lead a prosperous life for a few days in return for joining Prosperous Armenia. But residents of central Yerevan have already received such offers and many of them duly agreed to cut a prosperous deal with representatives of the party.” The paper claims that the admission reward is $100 per person.”
“Azg” reports that a group of crime figures from the former Soviet Union arrived in Armenia this week to participate in the wedding of the “children of a local oligarch and a high-ranking official.” “We had said that Armenia is turning into Sicily, hadn’t we?” observes the paper.