“Hayastani Hanrapetutyun” carries a commentary on the birthday anniversary of Armenia’s late Prime Minister Andranik Markarian, describing him as a down-to-earth man who never had trouble communicating with ordinary people. “He could promise and do something that may have been very insignificant for a man of his capabilities but very big and timely for the asking person,” says the government paper. “And it was not by accident that everyone accepted and perceived Andranik Markarian as an ordinary person and only then as prime minister.”
“Azg” calls for “drastic, resolute and, most importantly, sincere measures” to defuse the lingering post-election tensions in Armenia. The paper says that must be done not only by the authorities but also their political opponents. “And one should not think that somebody’s authority would suffer as a result,” it says.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” comments on last week’s parliamentary hearings on human rights Ombudsman Armen Harutiunian’s report on the March 1 clashes in Yerevan which has been strongly criticized by Armenia’s Prosecutor-General Aghvan Hovsepian and Justice Minister Gevorg Danielian. The opposition paper believes that the heated discussions were the result of “intra-government squabbles.” “The ombudsman’s report was only a pretext,” it says. “At the heart of the intra-government squabbles is the following: the March 1 criminal case has entered deadlock; cases submitted to courts are drawn up disgracefully; there are no facts substantiating accusations. And such disgrace can not last long.”
“It has been pointed out on numerous occasions that we are not a united nation,” writes “168 Zham.” “That is why, for example, we succeed only in those sports that are not team-based,” says the paper. “And if you imagine that the nation is a kind of team model, we could understand why Armenians had more defeats than victories throughout their history.”