“Aravot” tries to predict the behavior of Zharangutyun (Heritage) party supporters on election day, suggesting three possible scenarios. “First, a part of Zharangutyun’s electorate will vote for the Armenian National Congress,” says the paper. “Just how big that part will be depends on how the Congress will act in the pre-election period. As a serious and solid political force or as a collection of embittered mobs and crazy revolutionaries? In case of the former, Zharangutyun will leave the Congress with a bigger heritage because that electorate definitely supports serious and solid stuff.”
“Second, a part of the Zharangutyun electorate will switch to the most opposition-minded of the pro-government forces: in this case that is Dashnaktsutyun,” continues “Aravot.” And the third scenario, according to the paper, is that many Zharangutyun supporters will not bother to vote at all.
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” hopes that Zharangutyun will help the HAK ensure the freedom and fairness of the May 31 elections. “And generally speaking, if the Congress and Zharangutyun have decided to cooperate for the final goal, it would be good to have mutual trust and a division of work between those forces,” says the opposition paper. “What keeps the Congress from concentrating on the elections themselves and Zharangutyun from trying to work in [election] commissions and prevent possible vote falsifications? Of course, nothing.” The paper urges Zharangutyun to give some of its election commission seats to the HAK.
“Hraparak” expects a “sale and purchase” of commission seats between various political forces. “The choice depends on the status of those who control a particular seat, the extent of their moral integrity and their ambitions,” says the paper.
“There are quite a few officials in our country who pay the so-called opposition press so that it doesn’t attack them,” writes “Hayots Ashkhar.” “The payer doesn’t care at all what that press writes about the state or the authority, of which a particular official is a representative. What matters to him is that they don’t touch him. Journalists do not have an unequivocal attitude towards their killer colleagues. Some condemn and despise them for violating the journalistic ethics. Others question the very concept of a journalistic ethics.” The paper says that the biggest threat to press freedom in Armenia is not the government but a society that may one day grow sick and tired of “mud” thrown by newspapers.
“Kapital” believes that Armenia is one month away from having officially entered into a recession which the paper says will make mockery of earlier government claims that the country has withstood “the first wave” of the global economic crisis. “As a result of such optimistic evaluations, Armenia is not taking adequate steps in the crisis,” says the paper.