“Hraparak” hails the Armenian national team’s victory in the 2011 World Chess Championship as an “event of nationwide significance.” “In this widespread euphoria some have found dark spots and stated that the victory is being politicized: ‘See Serzh Sarkisian greeted the heroes on the airport tarmac,’” writes the paper. “That was construed as an attempt to privatize the victory and draw dividends from that. But perhaps one can be forgiving toward this. Not everyone is able to resist the temptation to be close to a victory, to feel and use it.”
Speaking to Lragir.am, intellectual Ara Nedolian laments a lack of “sensible solutions” in Armenia. “We need a mechanism that will allow us to address issues in a sensible way,” he says. “What is sensible is also ethical. That mechanism is constitutional order.” That means, he says, having a legitimate government that will be guided only by the country’s constitution and laws.
“Yerkir” continues to criticize the Armenian government’s dialogue with the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK). In that context, the paper dismisses government negotiators calls for Armenia’s leading political forces to draw up a “code of conduct” ahead of the next national elections. It says such a code cannot be adopted by consensus because the ongoing dialogue excludes several other major opposition parties. “It can be said that the authorities are entering these negotiations [with the HAK] without a concrete agenda,” continues the paper. “Discussions over a code of conduct cannot mean anything because the HAK’s objective is not to ensure free and fair elections based on ethical norms but to reach agreements on early elections.”
Galust Sahakian, the parliamentary leader of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), tells “Aravot” that the HAK expects too many concessions from the government and is not prepared to give in. He says government negotiations are far more constructive in the ongoing talks.