“Hayk” reports that active discussions are underway at the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Dashnaktsutyun (ARF) over the format of the party’s participation in the 2008 presidential election. The paper quotes its sources saying that Dashnaktsutyun is discussing two candidates for president – MP Armen Rustamian and Social Security Minister Aghvan Vartanian.
“Zhamanak Yerevan” thinks that “no European will understand, for example, what made Ara Babloyan, a former minister and clinic owner with a reputation of a highly qualified specialist, to get into parliament to occupy the post of the chairman of the standing committee on health.”
The paper questions whether Babloyan will be more useful in the ‘discredited chair” of a parliamentarian than in the capacity of a good medical specialist. “The same can be said also about established medical specialist Harutiun Kushkian, who left his two excellent clinics ensconced himself in the chair of the health minister.”
“Azg” does not rule out that several women deputies representing different parliamentary factions will work in the National Assembly’s standing committee on education, science, culture, sport and youth affairs. In particular, Anahit Bakhshian from the Heritage party, Lilit Galstian from Dashnaktsutyun, Naira Zohrabian from Prosperous Armenia, and they will be working under committee chairwoman Hranush Hakobian. “It will be hot,” the paper predicts using a frequently aired TV commercial catchphrase.