“Yerkir” comments on Wednesday’s meeting of senior state officials during which President Serzh Sarkisian issued new instructions on how to reform Armenia’s judicial system and make it more independent. The paper suggests that such meetings are part of a “PR campaign aimed at demonstrating just how concerned the president is with the situation existing within the judicial system and just how consistent he is in addressing the outstanding problems.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” carries an interview with Samvel Mnatsakanian, a district court judge controversially sacked by Sarkisian this week. Mnatsakanian confirms reports that the Justice Council demanded the sacking because of his decision to grant bail to a criminal suspect who was subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing. “They all knew that that person is innocent and nobody disputed that,” he says.
“Zhamanak” speculates that international efforts to end the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict have become “spontaneous” and that the mediating powers seem “worried about something.” The paper also sees more “incomprehensible things” in the peace process. In particular, it wonders why Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev has recalled peace proposals made by the U.S., Russian and French co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group in 2009 and why Russia keeps pressing hard for a settlement even after the failure of the Kazan summit.
In an interview with “Hayots Ashkhar,” Vahan Shirkhanian, a senior member of the Social Democratic Hnchakian Party, makes a case for a greater government involvement in the economy. “Even the most powerful liberal economies of the world are prudently applying socialist mechanisms of managing the economy,” he says. “In our country there is still no such progress. Our government … is very far from the idea of introducing socialist methods. I think the reason for that is that it is hard to tell which economic system exists in our country.”