“Hraparak” reports on President Serzh Sarkisian’s harsh criticism of the State Tax Service (STS) and its sacked chief, Vahram Barseghian, noting the fact that the latter has long been considered a protégé of former President Robert Kocharian.
“If Serzh Sarkisian says [Barseghian] performed badly, then he must eliminate consequences of his bad work,” comments “Haykakan Zhamanak.” “Namely, to set free employees of companies belonging to opposition figures, who ended up in jail because of the tax service. He should apologize to them and compensate the losses incurred by companies that suspended their operations due to Vahram Barseghian’s bad work.”
According to “Iravunk,” by merging the STS with the Armenian customs Sarkisian managed to get rid of more Kocharian loyalists holding senior government positions. The paper says Sarkisian has all but finished establishing full control over key government bodies.
Artsvik Minasian, a parliament deputy from the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), tells “Hayk” that the Armenian authorities have yet to clarify and legally substantiate the March 1 dispersal of opposition supporters camped out in Yerevan’s Liberty Square. Asked whether he believes the police actions were legitimate, Minasian says, “Evidence presented by the police as so far does not dispel doubts about the necessity of their actions.” Minasian expresses hope that former Presidents Robert Kocharian and Levon Ter-Petrosian will testify before the Armenian parliamentary commission investigating the post-election unrest.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that the government ordered the Armenian police and the National Security Service to take tight security measures before and after the September 6 match in Yerevan between Armenia’s and Turkey’s national football teams. The government also instructed Yerevan Mayor Yervand Zakharian to take into account the increased need to “maintain public order” when considering requests to authorize opposition rallies in the capital. The paper points out that the next opposition rally in Yerevan is scheduled for September 5, saying that the authorities will use the football game as a pretext to ban the protest.
“Aravot” says that in their drive to combat tax evasion the authorities should primarily target the country’s largest and most lucrative businesses, rather than small traders.