November 18, Saturday
“Hayastani Hanrapetutiun” carries Prime Minister Andranik Markarian’s interview given to Regnum News Agency. The leader of the Republican Party says his party has a 16-year history and was one of the first to be registered in Armenia. He compares: “The Prosperous Armenia party has only stated about its establishment and I don’t know any politician besides MP Gagik Tsarukian who is in this party. Besides charity and cultural events Prosperous Armenia or people connected with it do not carry out any other activities, including political activities. That’s why it is difficult for me to evaluate this party’s political activities.”
Political analyst Aghasi Yenokian tells the “Aravot” daily that it is in the interest of President Robert Kocharian to discredit Defense Minister Serzh Sarkisian “who is perceived by the public as Kocharian’s political peer capable of succeeding him in the president’s office.” The analyst claims that Kocharian is purposefully destroying Sarkisian’s image so that there will be no political figure equal to him in Armenia and among all “discredited” politicians the public will have to perceive Kocharian as the only candidate. “Now, I think, Kocharian is working to create conditions for his third term as president,” the paper quotes Yenokian as saying.
On the pages of “168 Zham”, ex-premier Hrant Bagratian expresses the following opinion: “We shouldn’t say that we want to become Europeans. It is false. Asian is our anthropological type. So, our historical function may be acting as a mediator between civilizations. Globalization is an intensive exchange and no one will tolerate a country that wants to put all its problems on the world’s shoulders while getting all the good things instead.”
Bagratian goes on to say that this ‘little trick’ becomes annoying and causes aversion. “No one will tolerate a nation that doesn’t want to find common language with its neighbors, but wants to have good-neighborly relations with the neighbors of its neighbors. It means that there is no geopolitics,” the former prime minister concludes.
“Golos Armenii” criticizes the ineffective campaign of the government against bribery and corruption in the country and writes: “As Transparency International’s recent studies show the implementation of the anti-corruption program has not yielded any positive results yet.”
The “Hayk” newspaper claims that it was the doubles of Russian pop singer Zhasmin and duet Tatu who in fact participated in the concert organized in Yerevan by the Republican Party on the student day, November 16.