“Haykakan Zhamanak” looks at chances for renewed cooperation between Armenia’s two main opposition forces: the Armenian National Congress (HAK) and the Zharangutyun (Heritage) party.
The paper says a lot depends on whether Zharangutyun supports a “complete and radical regime change” in the country. “If that is the case, it means there are very serious prerequisites for a rapprochement between the HAK and Zharangutyun,” it says. “Because if the two forces see the same way of overcoming the country’s crisis then they must go down that path together, rather than ahead of or behind one another.”
Interviewed by “Aravot,” Heghine Bisharian of the pro-government Orinats Yerkir Party skirts a question about whether she will be running for Yerevan mayor on an opposition platform. “Whether I am in opposition or government is not an issue for me,” says Bisharian. “I believe power lies in truth. Truth is the most powerful weapon and I am the kind of a person who just can’t fail to be true … If there are shortcomings, let us not conceal them and, on the contrary, jointly fight to eliminate those shortcomings.” Orinats Yerkir’s being in government does not mean the party can not speak out against those shortcomings, she says.
“Hayots Ashkhar” says that President Serzh Sarkisian’s October pledge to ensure that nobody places himself above law has still not been taken seriously by all Armenians. The pro-presidential paper makes an apparent reference to last week’s deadly shootout between two municipal election candidates of Sarkisian’s Republican Party of Armenia (HHK). “Being familiar with the work style of statesman Serzh Sarkisian, one can assume that he will say something on this issue as well with concrete actions and results,” it says.
“Hayk” compares the dramatic post-election events in Moldova and Armenia in its coverage of Tuesday’s violent protests in Chisinau where opposition protests seized the presidential palace and the parliament building. The opposition paper says that unlike their Armenian counterparts, the authorities in Moldova did not declare a state of emergency, shoot at the protesters or arrest opposition leaders.