Galust Sahakian, a senior parliamentarian, lavishes praise on his Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) in an interview with “Hayots Ashkhar.” “The Republicans were one of the few political forces that shouldered responsibility during a difficult time and … led the country to a period where the future of our country and people is predictable,” he says. “I believe that the coming year will be the first year of the realization of our people’s expectations.”
“Iravunk,” meanwhile, reports on a “scandal” involving Sahakian’s son Tigran, who is a dentist by training but is keen to run a tuberculosis clinic. The paper says Prime Minister Andranik Markarian has reacted angrily to such ambitions, telling Galust Sahakian that the young man will not get the job.
According to “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun,” President Robert Kocharian’s public reference to his preferred political forces was widely construed as an indication of “which parties must clear the 5 percent” vote barrier in the upcoming parliamentary elections. “In reality, Robert Kocharian could not have said a different thing,” says the paper. “He had to mention Prosperous Armenia -- he himself created it. He was forced to mention to the Republican and Dashnaktsutyun parties -- he himself signed a coalition memorandum with them.” As for the United Labor Party (MAK), it is also represented in his government. The fact that Kocharian mentioned it does have any far-reaching implications. The MAK will fail to win any seats in the next parliament, according to the paper.
“Aravot” reports that millionaire Samvel Aleksanian claimed to own only one car, a Russian-made Niva, in his 2005 income declaration filed with tax authorities. So did the formal owner of the Kentron TV station, Murad Guloyan. As for Gagik Tsarukian, he declared five vehicles. “But he did not mention his [Mercedes] Maibach car which is worth about half a million dollars. Another wealthy parliamentarian, Armen Danielian, claimed that his only source of income is his state salary, while admitting ownership of two expensive cars. “I acquired those cars before I was a deputy. I received both of them as gifts from my parents,” says Danielian.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” claims that the Armenian authorities are planning a “provocation” against its editor Nikol Pashinian. “The purpose of the provocation planned by famous government figures was to put Nikol Pashinian in a situation that would discredit him,” it says without elaborating.