“Azg” carries an interview with Chairman of the Union of Armenians of Russia Ara Abrahamian who describes his vision of Armenia’s next president as follows: “It is an obligatory condition that the republic’s next leader must enjoy unreserved support of a majority of the population, be legitimate both for Armenia’s public and Diaspora and international organizations so that during discussions of major issues for the country he will feel the support of his own people and his negotiation partners will realize this. And, of course, his qualities of a leader and his ability to put the domestic forces as well as international political and financial resources to the service of solving problems of vital importance for the country will matter greatly.”
Under the headline “Pre-election Parallels”, “Taregir” reflects on whether there are actually serious differences between the current President Robert Kocharian and Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian. “Who can categorically state that their actions are not concerted? They can even criticize each other in public if they agree in advance that this will benefit their cause. So, one cannot exclude that they have already developed variants as to who will do what in what cases.”
Reporting about a meeting between former president Levon Ter-Petrosian and former prime minister Vazgen Manukian on Monday night, “Hayk” assesses: “It is an extremely important event in the internal political life of the republic and can play a decisive role in the consolidation of the opposition if, of course, the two key figures in the establishment of the Third Republic can reach understanding, if with the help of their supporters they can smooth out their long-standing disagreements.”
“Aravot” writes about the “big construction chaos” in Yerevan: “It is known that there is a tendency to politicize everything in Armenia -- and often not without a reason. For example, once Robert Kocharian added to his ‘assets’ the streets and pavements repaired at the expense of philanthropist Kirk Kerkorian, even though many of those streets later fell into decay because of the poor quality of construction or were again dug for the construction of subways.
“There are opinions that even at the cost of great inconveniences the outgoing president now wants to improve all major streets in Yerevan allegedly to leave ‘a good name’ among the city’s residents. If so, he should hurry up. Otherwise another one will take the laurels of the ‘builder’”.
“Haykakan Zhamanak’s” commentator predicts another rise of consumer prices in Armenia in the near future: “If a country adopts liberal economy by its constitution it means it can ensure stable prices. In Armenia, however, stability of prices is maintained with purely mechanical methods. If international prices grow, you appreciate the dram, the prices in drams at stores do not change, and besides the profits of businessmen with ‘go-ahead’ for import at least do not fall. But the resource for acting like this is very restricted. And the latest developments show that this resource is about to be exhausted -- prices for goods are rising not only in dollars, but also in drams. It is difficult to say how price stability will be maintained from now on.”