(Saturday, December 26)
Pollster and sociologist Gevorg Poghosian tells “Golos Armenii” that the echo of the February 2008 presidential election and the ensuing deadly violence continued to reverberate in Armenia’s political and social life in 2009. He says tensions were only aggravated by the controversial Turkish-Armenian agreements. “It is obvious that in the history of independent Armenia there has never been such a split within the society as well as between Armenia and the Diaspora,” says Poghosian. “By the same token, it is also obvious that never before has Armenia been so actively involved in processes going in the region.”
Speaking to “Aravot,” former parliament speaker Tigran Torosian criticizes the Armenian government’s use of large-scale anti-crisis loans provided by foreign governments and international institutions, saying that the money is being spent “without oversight.” Torosian accuses the government of curtailing the parliament’s authority to monitor the implementation of state budgets.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” cites an unnamed high-ranking army officer as calling for the publication of the transcript of a government meeting that was held on March 1, 2008. He says that could “give answers to all questions” relating to the causes and circumstances of the deadly clashes in Yerevan. “The picture would be even more complete with the clarification of a meeting held on March 2, 2008,” he says, referring to a conversation between then President-elect and Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian and top security officials. He says the latter received “brief and concrete instructions” to ruthlessly enforce the state of emergency declared by the outgoing President Robert Kocharian the previous night.
“Zhamanak” offers a hypothetical analysis of how Garegin Nzhdeh, an Armenian military leader of the early 20th century revered by the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), would behave in the existing situation. The paper speculates that Nzhdeh’s first step would be to declare his strong disagreements with the HHK and state that he never supported the ruling party led by President Sarkisian.