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“Aravot” believes that President Serzh Sarkisian should have declared an amnesty for arrested opposition members when he formally took office in April 2008. “There is probably no need to explain what dividends it would have earned Serzh Sarkisian and how it would have defused the situation,” editorializes the paper. “Why wasn’t that done? There are many theories about that. The most credible of them is the following. The authorities were worried that an amnesty would be perceived as a sign of weakness.”

“Hayots Ashkhar” scoffs at opposition claims that 19 “political prisoners” will remain in jail after the amnesty. “Has the state abandoned charges leveled against them?” says the paper. “Has it closed those criminal cases? Or maybe they think that everyone takes at face value their court claims that they are not responsible for what happened. If they are guilty, they must be held answerable. It’s up to courts to decide that. Secondly, wasn’t it they who said and are saying that they don’t need amnesty and will stay in jail as long as it is necessary for [Levon] Ter-Petrosian?”

Larisa Alaverdian, a parliament deputy from the opposition Zharangutyun (Heritage) party, tells “Iravunk” that Zharangutyun maintains a “businesslike” relationship with Ter-Petrosian’s Armenian National Congress (HAK). Alaverdian sees strong public support for “united opposition actions” “Our objective remains the same: the establishment of a rule-of-law state in Armenia,” she says.

Interviewed by “Zhamanak,” a former leading member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), Ruben Hakobian, backs a “platform” for opposition consolidation that was proposed by Ter-Petrosian during his last rally. “Close opposition cooperation is necessary for changing Armenia’s present disastrous reality,” he says. “It is incumbent on the three main opposition force -- the Armenian National Congress, Zharangutyun and Dashnaktsutyun -- to find common ground for cooperation,” he says. “There will be such cooperation. It can’t fail to materialize.”

“Kapital” quotes Nienke Oomes, the IMF representative to Armenia, as criticizing a government bill that would allow Armenian tax authorities to deploy agents at large companies suspected of tax evasion. “This is an extraordinary measure which does not stem from the best international experience,” says Oomes. “Nor does it stem from Armenia’s broader strategy of reforming tax administration.” The paper notes that the World Bank is also opposed to the bill.

(Aghasi Yenokian)
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