“Hayots Ashkhar” comments on recurrent recriminations traded by opposition parties. Some of them are accused of being a “false opposition.” “Calm down, guys. There is no real opposition among you. All of you are false,” the paper says scornfully, adding that they pose no danger to the government.
“Golos Armenii” looks at the political dimension of the armed attack on Gyumri Mayor Vartan Ghukasian. “There is no lack of theories about the incident that are being floated these days, but there is only one conclusion,” writes the paper. “The attempt on Ghukasian’s life is an attempt against political stability and the peaceful course of pre-election and post-election processes. Like it or not, only the Republican Party, with all its deviations and sins, is able to hold pre-election and post-election events without serious upheavals. Furthermore, this is the only party which is interested in political stability.”
“168 Zham” says the attack on Ghukasian hardly had anything to do with politics, noting the mayor’s flamboyant behavior. The paper says Ghukasian and his sons have earned notoriety for their involvement in shootouts and other violent “adventures.” “Armed clashes in broad daylight have become more frequent in Gyumri in recent years. According to a widely held theory, the assassination attempt may have been the continuation of one of those incidents.”
“Aravot,” meanwhile, reports on a similar incident indirectly involving another notorious local government boss, Syunik Governor Surik “Liska” Khachatrian. Citing “reliable sources,” the paper says Khachatrian’s brother Aghalar, nicknamed Hopop, tried to rape a girl in a shop in the regional town of Goris last week. It says eyewitnesses were too scared to help the girl. “Shop workers phoned the governor’s bodyguard and asked him to intervene. It was Liska’s bodyguard who saved the girl whom Hopop had seriously injured, bit and so on. Surik Khachatrian has apologized to the girl’s parents for his brother’s deed, asking them not to appeal to law-enforcers.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports on “yet another clash” between supporters of the Republican and Prosperous Armenia parties. The paper says a group of men in the Vayots Dzor region led by the son of a Prosperous Armenia election candidate kidnapped and beat up a local supporter of the HHK. It says Prosperous Armenia refused to comment on the incident.