Interviewed by “Haykakan Zhamanak,” a leading member of the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK), Levon Zurabian, says opposition supporters should be “patient” and should understand that regime change will take time. “This is an organic political process that needs to ripen and bear fruit,” says Zurabian. “The people will hear answers to many questions at the October 17 rally.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” scoffs at HAK leader Levon Ter-Petrosian’s pledge to lay out the opposition alliance’s new strategy on October 17. The pro-government paper says Ter-Petrosian has already promised to do that before. The opposition stands no chance to stage a revolution in Armenia, it says.
“Azatamtutyun,” a new newspaper, claims that “Ter-Petrosian’s sect” is facing an uncertain future after opposition candidate Ararat Zurabian’s defeat in Sunday’s local election in Yerevan’s Kentron district. “Certainly the Ter-Petrosian epidemic is gradually being neutralized,” writes the paper. “The danger posed by the epidemic is over but it has left an indelible mark on the political reality. From now on, intolerance, extremism as well as other phenomena characteristic of sects are objective facts in Armenia’s political processes.”
Former Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian’s Wednesday statements are construed by “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” as harsh criticism of President Serzh Sarkisian’s foreign policy. The opposition paper claims that Oskanian echoed former President Robert Kocharian’s views on Turkish-Armenian relations.
“Azg” quotes Ara Harutiunian, the prime minister of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, as saying that President Sarkisian joked when he said recently that Azerbaijan may still win over the Karabakh Armenians if it invests heavily in the local economy. “As long as the conflict is not resolved, there is no way the neighboring country [Azerbaijan] can make investments in Nagorno-Karabakh,” says Harutiunian.