“168 Zham” describes the latest Kocharian-Aliev meeting in St. Petersburg as another diplomatic victory of Armenia, as it notes that the Armenian president’s smile was broader than that of his Azeri counterpart when they were leaving their much-expected but, in fact, inefficient discussions on the sidelines of the CIS informal summit in the Russian city on June 9.
This leads the newspaper to assume that “Robert Kocharian and Ilham Aliev have managed once again to ‘cheat’ the international community, or at least the cochairmen of the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.”
“Aravot” writes that the Constitutional Court was due to consider two election appeals from Orinats Yerkir’s candidates in single-mandate constituencies on June 16 and 20. However, Heghine Bisharian, one of the appellants, told the paper that after the Constitutional Court’s handling of the appeals on the party-list elections, which, according to her, was an overtly political rather than constitutional process, they decided to withdraw their appeals as they did not expect justice to be done by this court.
“Taregir” predicts that the opposition will not field a single candidate for next year’s presidential elections. “Aram Karapetian and Vazgen Manukian have distinguished themselves among possible candidates. It can already be felt that they do not imagine any other single candidate from the opposition beside themselves. It is clear that Artur Baghdasarian of Orinats Yerkir, Paruyr Hayrikian, and even Stepan Demirchian, Artashes Geghamian and centrist Tigran Karapetian cannot imagine any other candidate beside themselves either.”
“Hayk” presents Hanrapetutyun party leader Aram Sarkisian’s optimism quoting him as saying that leaders of a number of opposition political parties have not yet spoken about their nominations as presidential candidates and no one speaks about it.
“Moreover, some of the leaders who speak about their nomination as candidates now are ready to discuss joint efforts in case of a single opposition candidate. It is not so that if they announced about their plans to run for president, they cannot change their minds and back off. I think that it is possible to agree with all opposition partners and make the right choice,” Sarkisian concludes.
“Azg” describes the current situation with prices on the market. “The skyrocketing prices for vegetables and fruit do not even allow buyers to come closer to them. Tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, vegetable marrows are so expensive that many may find even a plain borsch unaffordable today.”