“Hayots Ashkhar” reports that opposition leader Artashes Geghamian has hit back at Levon Ter-Petrosian for referring to him as a government puppet. “I understand Levon’s state of mind but can’t help him in any way,” Geghamian tells the paper. “I think he still has time for deliberations and as a result of those deliberations will understand his being absolutely redundant in Armenia’s political life. And I think he will withdraw his candidacy before the elections.”
“Levon Ter-Petrosian makes ludicrous and irresponsible statements,” Tigran Karapetian, a TV commentator and another presidential candidate apparently attacked by the former president, tells “Hayots Ashkhar.” “He was just desperate to see all opposition forces rally around him. But because that did not happen and he did not become a single [opposition] candidate, he is now the offended party.” Ter-Petrosian is not an opposition leader, claims Karapetian.
“Aravot,” meanwhile, carries a letter from one of its readers who tries to explain why Ter-Petrosian stressed that the presidential candidates from the Dashnaktsutyun and Orinats Yerkir parties are indeed in opposition to the ruling regime. The reader claims that Ter-Petrosian is too scared to offend Dashnaktsutyun and wants woo Orinats Yerkir’s Artur Baghdasarian.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” says that Ara Harutiunian, prime minister of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, is set to be replaced by Marat Musayelian, chief of Karabakh President Bako Sahakian’s staff. The paper suggests that Armenia’s Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian may have a hand in this personnel change, speculating that he wants to install “controllable people” in all key government positions in Stepanakert ahead of the Armenian presidential elections.
“Zhamanak Yerevan” says that the head of Armenia’s largest prison, Gerasim Gevorgian, has been fired for “political reasons.” “He is considered to be a political supporter of Levon Ter-Petrosian,” explains the paper. “He is also related to the former chief of [Armenia’s] prisons, Mushegh Saghatelian.” Saghatelian is known as a staunch Ter-Petrosian ally.