Citing anonymous sources, “Haykakan Zhamanak” claims that Nagorno-Karabakh President Arkady Ghukasian will seek a third term in office in this year’s elections despite his claims to the contrary. Ghukasian has repeatedly stated that this would not only be unconstitutional but run counter to against Karabakh’s interests. “But it turns and will officially turn out soon that the current president of Karabakh is not quite conscious of the interests of the country which he governs and is not as honest person as he might seem to be,” attacks the paper.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that Tigran Mukuchian will resign as chairman of the civil cases chamber of Armenia’s Court of Appeals to become a senior member of Gagik Tsarukian’s Prosperous Armenia party. The paper says it is expected that Mukuchian will run for parliament on the Prosperous Armenia ticket and become minister of justice after the May parliamentary elections.
“Hayk” complains about the mushrooming offices of Prosperous Armenia and other establishment parties. The paper says they think that the more offices they open they more votes they will receive during the elections.
“If the opposition fails to firmly press the government’s back against the wall in the upcoming elections to the National Assembly, then its ambitious leaders will have nothing to do in 2008,” writes “Hayots Ashkhar.” “Regardless of whether or not they will cheat each other as they did in 2003. So like it or not, the opposition is doomed to unite this time around.”
“Zhamanak Yerevan” says the cost of getting elected to the Armenian parliament has risen sharply since the last parliamentary elections when it varied from $100,000 to $150,000. The paper claims that buying an “electable” slot on the electoral lists of major pro-government parties will now cost wealthy businessman as much as $1 million.
“Aravot” quotes a prominent leftist oppositionist, Khoren Sargsian, as saying that vote bribes will not have a decisive impact on the outcome of the elections. He assures the paper that many Armenians will take cash, food and other things from some parties and individual candidates only to vote for others.