“Aravot” says the Armenian presidential election once again exposed the huge contrast between the real state of affairs in Armenia and the picture painted by the authorities and their loyal media. In an editorial, the paper says that as always, there was “mass vote buying, ballot stuffing, beatings, violence against opposition proxies, carousel and so on.” “Of course, in the 21st century is hard to rely only on keeping the TV airwaves under control, which is what our authorities have been doing,” it says.
“The experience of all color revolutions has demonstrated that their non-violent nature is relative,” writes “Hayots Ashkhar.” The pro-government paper says that the Armenian authorities should therefore not hesitate to use force against supporters of Levon Ter-Petrosian taking to the streets of Yerevan.
A spokesman for the governing Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), assures “Hayastani Hanrapetutyun” that Serzh Sarkisian was freely elected by the majority of Armenians.
“Amazingly, despite various threats, vote bribes and the [government’s] propaganda terror, the people have not been broken,” says “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun.” “The people have made their choice and elected Levon Ter-Petrosian.” The opposition paper says that even the official vote results confounded government claims that Ter-Petrosian will not be among Sarkisian’s main challengers.
“A government infringing on the will of its people can never be strong because a government is strong with the people,” says “Zhamanak Yerevan.” “February 20 will mark the start of the formation of a new government in Armenia. New not so much in the physical as moral-psychological sense.”