“Armenia is clearly in the pre-election phase and internal political developments are unfolding in accordance with that logic,” writes “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun.” “It’s just that in other countries the key question in the run-up to elections is who the people will elect, whereas in our country the key question is as follows. Will the people take part in the elections or not?” The opposition paper says that in any case most Armenians will not vote for the current authorities not least because their living standards have fallen during Serzh Sarkisian’s presidency.
“Yerkir” says the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) is facing a “difficult dilemma.” The paper says the HAK should now either declare that its demands have not been met and continue the protests or make the protesters believe “through some trick” that dispersing is the best option in this situation. It says the non-stop protests have produced no results because the HAK has avoided concrete actions that could threaten the government. “People are gradually starting to wonder why they keep gathering if none of their demands will be fulfilled and the Congress will not budge,” adds the paper.
“Hayots Ashkhar” claims that HAK leaders have so far managed to only “amuse” their supporters and the broader public with their rhetoric. “If they had a different goal, then it’s beyond common sense,” says the pro-government daily.
“Armenia is suffering,” 1in.am quotes French-Armenian singer Charles Aznavour as telling a French-Armenian magazine. “Who gains from that? The several mafia leaders?” The online journal says the remarks are extraordinary given the fact that Aznavour is also Armenia’s ambassador to Switzerland.