“The ruling Republicans think that coalitions are not eternal but that is only part of the truth,” “Yerkir” writes in an editorial. “The other part is that no party can be eternally in power, something which the Republicans do not seem to want to accept. They think that they were born to govern and will be in government forever.” The paper cannot think of any objective reason why President Serzh Sarkisian’s party (HHK) is entitled to having such ambitions.
Armen Badalian, a pro-opposition commentator, tells “Haykakan Zhamanak” that renewed talk of the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) leaving the governing coalition is unserious. “I see no logic behind such an exit,” he says. “Why would they do that? I can’t understand that.” Badalian says that by issuing an alleged ultimatum to his junior coalition partner President Serzh Sarkisian is trying to show that “he controls the situation within the regime.”
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” reports that the Armenian government will submit a package of draft amendments to laws on taxation to the National Assembly in the next few days. The paper says they are supposed to help the government raise its tax revenues by 13 percent in 2012. “That [revenue target] is not a very high figure because the informal sector of the Armenian economy is much larger,” comments the pro-opposition paper. It dismisses government assurances that the extra revenues would be raised from the informal sector, saying that “the clan-based oligarchic system” will remain intact.
“Zhamanak” mocks Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian for thanking Russia for a $500 million loan given to Armenia in 2009 during a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. “We wonder for how many more years Armenia will keep thanking Russia for that loan,” says the paper. “That seems to be part of a shrewd tactic adopted by Armenia’s leadership. If they can’t scare Putin, then they will make him sick and tired.”