“168 Zham” takes issue with the Armenian president’s claim that “the Republican Party is not a party of Serzh Sarkisian.” “Had the Republican Party not been a leader’s party, Serzh Sarkisian would have been unanimously elected party leader with 1,669 votes,” editorializes the paper. “There would have been at least one vote against. Had the Republican Party not been Serzh Sarkisian’s paper, the prime minister would not have joined the party ranks with his team. Had it not been for Serzh Sarkisian, the party would have immediately been split. This the fate of just about every Armenian party.”
“Had the Prosperous Armenia Party not been led by Gagik Tsarukian, whose strength and financial resources is the party’s foundation, or had the oligarch gone bankrupt all of a sudden, the party would have disintegrated at least before the nearest day of salary payments,” continues “168 Zham.” The same is true for many opposition parties, says the paper.
“Aravot” can not recall a single example of a party leader trying to “prevent an atmosphere of universal worship” during a party conference held in Armenia. “The only exception is the  first congress of the [former ruling] HHSh,” editorializes the paper. “But in essence, it wasn’t the congress of a party. It was a gathering of revolutionaries where traditional notions of disciples have not yet taken hold. Especially after 1994, the same party’s gatherings were in no way different from the current conferences of the Republicans. Both 15 years ago and now the audience mostly consisted of corrupt and chubby businessmen. Sometimes they are the same persons.”
Lragir.am says wielding government authority in Armenia means not so much exercising constitutional powers as controlling “the business field and capital.” “Power in Armenia belongs to those who control the business field,” says the online paper. “Gagik Tsarukian is one of the main representatives of that field. He attained that status during Robert Kocharian’s presidency when he was even considered the number one oligarch.” It says the transfer of power from Kocharian and Sarkisian could therefore not have been “smooth and without problems” for Tsarukian. Sarkisian, it claims, has yet to establish “absolute control” over business and “has a serious problem” with Tsarukian. “Either Tsarukian will retain the status of the number one oligarch and owe it to Serzh Sarkisian, or Serzh Sarkisian will have to have a different number one oligarch baptized by himself,” concludes
In an interview with “Iravunk,” Hermine Naghdalian, a parliament deputy from the ruling Republican Party, laments the existence of “oligopolies” in Armenia, accusing them of artificially raising the prices of imported foodstuffs and fuel. “The international prices of wheat and flour changed significantly but neither those products, nor bread became cheaper in Armenia,” she says.