“Aravot” is not sure that former President Levon Ter-Petrosian’s participation in the Yerevan mayoral elections is a good idea. The paper says that of all party leaders contesting the May 31 elections only the Republican Party’s Gagik Beglarian has a “desire and intention to work as mayor.” “Who would believe that [Health Minister] Artyom Kushkian is preparing leave medicine and deal with the city’s economy? Some political factors are at play here as well. Factors that have nothing to do with Yerevan’s problems.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” that Ter-Petrosian’s decision to join the mayoral race was “clever.” “With the popular movement [led by Ter-Petrosian] rapidly declining at the moment, surely he would have committed an unforgivable blunder had he decided to cede his place to his comrade-in-arms, HZhK leader Stepan Demirchian,” writes the pro-government paper.
“Hayk” says that Ter-Petrosian’s Armenian National Congress (HAK) is “very serious” about the upcoming polls and was right to reject the Zharangutyun party’s conditions for forming an opposition electoral alliance. The pro-HAK paper says Zharangutyun’s Armen Martirosian, whom the party wanted to top the joint opposition list of candidates, is no match to Ter-Petrosian in terms of experience and popularity.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” claims that Armenia’s largest chemical enterprise, Nairit, may soon be declared bankrupt under pressure from the Russian-owned national power distribution company. A spokeswoman for the Electricity Networks of Armenia is quoted as saying that the company filed a lawsuit against Nairit in a bid to force the chemical giant to pay its electricity bills.
“Hraparak” reports that President Serzh Sarkisian accused parliament speaker Hovik Abrahamian of spreading recent rumors about the impending resignation of Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian. The paper claims that President Sarkisian summoned Abrahamian to his office and told him that “the campaign against the prime minister must be stopped” and that “Tigran Sarkisian will stay on as prime minister.” “After this, the coalition [parties] quietly listened to Tigran Sarkisian’s explanations about why the drastic, rather than a smooth, transition to the dram’s floating exchange rate was well calculated.”
“Kapital” reports that opposition parties in Azerbaijan have urged Turkey to exercise greater caution in its rapprochement with Armenia. The paper says that they warned that a reopening of the Turkish-Armenian border would be bad for Azerbaijan.