“Zhamanak Yerevan” comments on the statement by President Robert Kocharian in parliament on Thursday in which he said that “the legitimacy of the parliament is beyond doubt”: “That is, Robert Kocharian yesterday read out the verdict of the Constitutional Court: the legitimacy of the elections is beyond doubt.” It leads the paper to conclude that Kocharian is showing that there is no Constitutional Court in Armenia and that he can single-handedly decide the legitimacy of Armenian elections.
“Aravot” writes: “The National Assembly of the fourth convocation can be viewed as a body of people connected by kinship. The three Abrahamian brothers (the brotherhood of the president of the Union of Armenians of Russia Ara Abrahamian) came to the parliament yesterday, as well as two Grigorian brothers (the brotherhood of the Avshar winery), father and son Galust and Arman Sahakians, the brother-in-law of the one and uncle of the other, Ashot Aghababian, Grand Tobacco director Hrant Vartanian’s two sons Karen and Mikael. There are also quite a few deputies connected with each other as fathers, sons or brothers-in law and as one of them joked – it turns out that we are all brothers-in-law to each other here.”
“Hayk” describes how newly elected deputy general Seyran Saroyan behaved yesterday. “He couldn’t control himself and on the very first session day grew angry with journalists. Media representative were approaching him for interviews. But when unpleasant questions were asked, he became furious and tried to push the journalists away and warn them not to write a bad thing about him.” Remembering his army life, the retired general said to reporters: “I’ll make a guardroom here and will put those who misbehave there.”
“[Karabakh president] Arkady Ghukasian is right. If the Karabakh problem is being decided at the negotiating table, then Karabakh must participate in the negotiations,” writes “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun”. “And who is that rascal who once allowed Karabakh to be left out of the process? But wait. Wasn’t it Robert Kocharian who was the most ardent proponent of the idea of ousting Karabakh from the talks?” The paper goes on to say that leaving Karabakh out has for long been presented by Armenian authorities as their greatest diplomatic success, and now it asks: who is Ghukasian complaining about? “He should have complained when Karabakh was being ousted of the process,” the newspaper concludes.
On the pages of “Taregir”, National-Democratic Union leader Vazgen Manukian describes one of the most likely successors of Ghukasian as Karabakh president, Bako Sahakian, as follows: “In Bako Sahakian’s case, he is, in fact, an “outside” citizen. Besides, when the chief of the security service (which is a KGB for the outside world) becomes the country’s leader it gives a very negative image to the country in the whole world. I myself know very decent, honest, patriotic, clean people in Karabakh, and not only among villagers, but also within the nomenclature. There are normal people. Why is the choice of him? Though, I understand: he will obey Serzh Sarkisian, Armenia’s authorities. He will do as he’s told. But is that important?”