“Azg” says European observers should not be blamed for calling the Armenian elections largely democratic because the authorities’ vote-rigging techniques have become more “civilized” and less crude. The paper say that is not sufficient grounds to call the observers incompetent or biased.
“The events of the last few days have had a depressing impact on the thinking section of our society,” editorializes “Zhamanak Yerevan.” “However, the conscious section of the society, having analyzed those events, understands that the outcome of the presidential elections is being decided today. People realize that the disgraceful elections followed Serzh Sarkisian’s scenario. Only those forces which were allowed by the former defense minister to enter the parliament entered the parliament. Even a superficial analysis of the composition of this parliament shows that Robert Kocharian failed to honor his promises and go-aheads.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” sees a process of “renewal” going on in the Armenian political arena, pointing to the fact that a large number of “outdated figures” will no longer have parliament mandates. The paper believes that “this fiasco was natural and justified.” “The parliamentary elections of 2007 have cleaned up a huge section of the political landscape which could give birth to a new and totally constructive opposition in the coming years,” it says.
“Aravot” says the elections have left the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) in “semi-opposition.” “Although the parliamentary elections ended in a convincing victory for the regime, it is very likely that political life will not be dull and uninteresting the in the months leading up to the presidential elections,” the paper says in an editorial. “Everything would be 100 percent predictable if Dashnaktsutyun agreed to take up symbolic posts, formed a coalition with the HHK and the BHK, and supported Serzh Sarkisian’s candidacy in the presidential elections. But in that case, Dashnaktsutyun would be unable to carry on with empty talk of a fight against corruption, social justice, oligarchic and clan-based economics and other populist topics, as it has done in the past four years.”
For “Haykakan Zhamanak,” the key problem is not so much fresh vote rigging but the fact that “the regime has created a perpetual mechanism for reproducing itself by means of elections.” “Our rulers spend four years making money through plunder and then spend part of the plundered money on reproducing themselves during,” alleges the paper. It says the authorities have special groups of people tasked with “sophistication of vote rigging mechanisms.”