“Zhamanak” says that while Tuesday’s rally by the Armenian National Congress (HAK) will not be as “intriguing” as the HAK’s next talks with the government, it should answer an important question: “What role and significance [opposition] rallies will have in the new political situation?”
“Hayots Ashkhar” says the Armenian authorities will not bow to pressure from the HAK and call fresh elections because that would mean accepting opposition claims that Levon Ter-Petrosian, not Serzh Sarkisian, won the 2008 presidential election. “The demand for pre-term elections has no political, economic or any other justification,” says the pro-Sarkisian daily. “Nothing extraordinary is happening in and around the country to necessitate pre-term elections.”
“Hraparak” comments on the third anniversary of the HAK’s establishment by Ter-Petrosian. “This force has had various ups and downs, successes and setbacks, has sometimes taken accurate steps, but has not avoided mistakes,” writes the paper. “A huge section of the society has believed in it and associated the country’s future with [the HAK.] The authorities have occasionally based their actions on the analysis and projection of [HAK] steps. But everyone knows that he who does a lot is expected to do a lot and is usually the first to get criticized.”
“Aravot” says the HAK has radical and moderate supporters. “Naturally, they both want the Congress to come to power because that would earn Armenia’s population a prosperous life and justice,” editorializes the paper. But it says they disagree on the methods of political struggle. The radicals like taking to the streets, confronting riot police, “writing slanderous things in the media and on social websites,” and “unmasking” individuals branded by them as government agents. “Levon Ter-Petrosian and the HAK’s central office need to maintain a balance between these two sections of their electorate,” says the paper.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” claims that Armenia will only gain if its government simply does not do anything on the socioeconomic front. The opposition paper says this is what happened during former President Robert Kocharian’s rule. “During those years nothing was done, no reforms, and yet Armenia registered double-digit economic growth,” it says.