“Hraparak” calls the current broadcast licensing competitions “a farce against society and the international community.’
“It turns out that attempts at amending laws, setting up different committees, changing the order of appointing committee members are absolutely meaningless. After all, when it comes to deciding who should be allowed to be on the air, our authorities and their puppets skillfully ‘manage’ the situation,” the paper writes.
“Zhamanak” claims that [president] Serzh Sarkisian has “ordered pressure on the media that often write about problems in the army.”
“The authorities, of course, once again embark on their favorite path and instead of trying to think about how to change the situation in the army, they try to silence those who speak about it… This is the logic of the authorities and it is our teenagers and young men who become victims of this logic,” the paper writes.
Deputy Parliament Speaker Samvel Nikoyan, who represents the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that it is “natural for political parties to strive for an absolute majority in parliament.”
To the paper’s request to comment on the talk triggered by the HHK’s stating its intention to seek an absolute majority in the next legislature, namely that such an announcement is an indication that “the elections will be rigged”, Nikoyan says. “Let me remind you that it was the leader of [HHK’s junior coalition partner] Prosperous Armenia Party who first declared that his party would seek a ’50 percent +1’ vote. It is a very natural and understandable desire. And for some reason some political groups take it with concern. Yes, we do seek [such a majority]... In general, any political party or group participating in an election sets a hurdle for itself… I think one should take it in its stride.”
“Kapital” compares the direct taxes paid by the top 300 taxpayers this year and last year, following the latest release of relevant data by the State Revenues Committee.
“It can be concluded that their businesses keep declining. While during the first nine month of the crisis year, 2009, 26 percent of taxes paid by large taxpayers to the state budget were direct taxes, including profit and income taxes, then during the three quarters of this year this index was 22 percent,” the business daily writes.