“Azg” looks at post-election violent incidents reported from various regions of Armenia, saying that they were a follow-up to “disagreements that emerged during the elections and deepened afterwards.” The paper claims that rival government clans clashed over “methods of bringing votes” for their political patrons. It also notes that OSCE observers’ post-election interim report sharply contrasted with their earlier positive assessment of the Armenian authorities’ handling of the May 12 vote, predicting that their final report could be “much stricter.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” notes that Serzh Sarkisian’s Republican Party (HHK) is making “every effort” to form a broad-based coalition government despite winning an absolute majority in the National Assembly. “Prosperous Armenia and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation are not hiding the fact that active negotiations [with the HHK] are underway,” says the paper.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” emphasizes the fact that those negotiations have not yet ended in agreement. The paper says that “even those who will determine the composition of the government” are unsure of their outcome. It is not even clear which political forces will join Sarkisian’s new cabinet. The paper also says that the HHK is growing particularly jittery about “this uncertain situation.”
“Although Dashnaktsutyun leaders were insisting right after the elections that they will not agree to symbolic posts in the new government, those statements, as it turns out now, were either made spontaneously or were just a way of haggling with the Republicans,” editorializes “Aravot.” “In all likelihood, the party will retain the same symbolic posts which it has held until now. Perhaps even less than that. It will be very illogical if Dashnaktsutyun accepts posts offered by Sarkisian and then fails to back the latter’s candidacy in the presidential elections.”
“All those individuals and parties that did not register success in the parliamentary elections are inclined to think that promises given to them by Serzh Sarkisian were simply not fulfilled,” writes “Zhamanak Yerevan.” “That is why they have a grudge against them … These disaffected forces are trying to do everything to reduce Serzh Sarkisian’s chances of becoming Armenia’s president. Their potential alliance could be joined by individuals who will be left unhappy with the formation of the new government.”