(Saturday, December 18)
“Serzh Sarkisian has gotten angry and is making personnel changes here and there, whose overall logic and motives are not clear,” writes “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun.” “Most of the society does not care much about those changes.” The paper claims that only the employees of government agencies affected by the reshuffle have closely followed these developments.
“I can’t understand the difference between [former Economy Minister] Nerses Yeritsian and [his newly appointed successor] Tigran Davtian,” writes Aram Abrahamian, the editor-in-chief of “Aravot.” “There is, of course, a visual difference. But I am sure that if Mr. Davtian was assigned to carry out the digitalization of television, he would do that with the same professionalism and excellence, just like Mr. Yeritsian has.” Abrahamian also wonders why Yerevan’s new mayor, Karen Karapetian, does not mention his place of birth (believed to be Nagorno-Karabakh) in his official biography. Incidentally, the editor adds, the authorities have given a “sensible explanation” for only the change of the Yerevan mayor.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” says the sackings of Yeritsian and several other senior government officials is aimed at deflecting Armenians’ attention from the country’s real ills. “Nobody has been able and will be able to give a logical and comprehensive explanation for these so-called changes,” comments the paper. “Perhaps the only more or less logical and comprehensive explanation is that by changing several government figures Serzh Sarkisian is trying to create an impression among the public that some changes are happening in the country’s life.” But few Armenians will buy into that, it says.
“Yerkir” points out that the government changes have still not affected Mihran Poghosian, the head of a government agency enforcing court rulings who reportedly beat up a subordinate and thus precipitated Justice Minister Gevorg Danielian’s removal. The paper says that in any country with “an established political culture” an official like Poghosian would have immediately lost his job and faced prosecution. “Maybe he is an irreplaceable worker who can be forgiven everything,” it muses tartly.