(Saturday, February 9)
“Azg” says that allies of both Levon Ter-Petrosian and Serzh Sarkisian are trying to exploit growing violent incidents reported during the election campaign. “As you know, even adults are advised against playing with fire and such games are not always harmless,” comments the paper. “Incidents and provocations may very quickly degenerate into bloodshed, for which the current authorities along with the prime minister nominated for the presidency by the HHK will be primarily responsible. Also responsible will be the candidate whose campaign will be marred by such a thing.”
“Aravot” tries to explain “what a normal person should do” now in Armenia. “Hooligan incidents and cheap obstacles created by local authorities during Levon Ter-Petrosian’s regional trips have already transcended all permissible limits and could cast shadow on the credibility of the final election results,” editorializes the paper.
“168 Zham” says that elections held in Armenia since 1996 have been falsified “by the meanest methods. “New elections are scheduled for February 19, and once again the most important and humiliating role is reserved for our people: to come to a polling station,” says the paper. “Everything else doesn’t matter. They have decided everything else. And they will do that. But the most terrible thing about this is not that the will of the people is not worth a penny but the fact that the presidential candidates do not think it necessary to have conscious, dignified, non-humiliated and therefore respectable people. It is pleasant to govern people who know that they were brought to a square forcibly, that everyone knows how to humiliate them.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” looks at the presidential race’s possible impact on the economic situation in Armenia. “It can be said that the economy and the financial system have barely reacted to political processes, even though these two factors are interconnected in Armenia,” says the paper. “With market-based relations not full-fledged, political changes lead to sharp regroupings in economic activity and property rights. As a result, the impact of unstable situations or even expectations of such situations on the economic is rapidly manifesting itself. But that is not visible yet.”