“Hayots Ashkhar” suggests that the multitude of candidates posing as a so-called “third pole” in the presidential race will play into the hands of the main government candidate.
“The reality is that none of these ‘third pole’ candidates can expect to finish higher than the third place as a result of the race…,” the paper writes, adding: “No matter how far they’ll try to stay equidistant from the main contenders, the fact is that these forces will be struggling to steal the laurels of ‘the opposition leader’ from former president Levon Ter-Petrosian and his team, which perfectly suits the government candidate.”
“Zhamanak Yerevan” claims that Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian had promised former commander of the Karabakh defense army Samvel Babayan the post of the chief of the General Staff of Armenia’s Armed Forces. “But before that, it should be clarified whether the assassination attempt against Nagorno-Karabakh President Arkady Ghukasian in 2000 was organized by Babayan or not. If the Nagorno-Karabakh court’s verdict is indeed fair and the attempt was indeed organized by Babayan, then it is not clear how can the organizer of such a terrorist attack head the general staff of Armenia’s defense ministry. And if Babayan had nothing to do with that crime and was a victim of political persecution, it is unclear again how a man who is unable to defend even himself can have ambitions to defend others,” the paper queries.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” for its part claims that Babayan has lucrative businesses in Armenia and has serious plans for the future that can be realized only if Serzh Sarkisian is elected president. In particular, the paper argues that for several years now Samvel Babayan has controlled nearly half of diesel fuel imports. It further claims that he recently transferred control to a well-known company importing oil products in exchange for 20 dollars from each imported ton. “Instead, he received another business – the import of timber. After Babayan’s recent speeches and knowing his ambitions, Armenia’s businessmen fear Babayan may choose their business next,” the paper asserts.
“168 Zham” cites well-informed sources and writes that a large amount of currency was recently brought to Armenia from abroad, in particular from Turkey, which caused destabilization on the country’s currency market in recent days.
“The Central Bank and the National Security Service are taking measures to keep the situation under control,” the paper writes, warning its readers that a large amount of false 20-dollar bills was put into circulation.