“It’s hard to say whether this is a tragedy for the legendary leader or the Libyan people,” “Yerkir” writes in an editorial on the killing of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. “Probably for both of them. But what matters is not this but the answer to the question of at what point and how there arises a breakthrough after which a hero is turned into a monster.” The paper suggests that that turning point comes when a leader becomes “the captive of his sense of personal infallibility.”
Galust Sahakian, a leading member of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), assures “Iravunk” that there is no need for a new declaration that would commit the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) of Gagik Tsarukian to supporting President Serzh Sarkisian in the next presidential election. Sahakian dismisses media claims that Tsarukian is facing growing pressure from the HHK to reaffirm such a pledge.
“We have not issued an ultimatum to anyone,” insists Sahakian. “We have received no proposals from any party but we periodically discuss the internal political situation in the country and the forthcoming elections depend on that.” He also says that the HHK does not base its political strategy on the positions and actions of other political forces.
Khosrov Harutiunian, a former prime minister leading a small pro-government party, tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that he does not mind running for parliament on the HHK ticket. “In the last few years we have developed a friendly and businesslike relationship with the Republicans,” says Harutiunian. “There has been effective cooperation within the framework of various events. In this regard, I don’t exclude that in the forthcoming parliamentary elections that cooperation could take more concrete forms.
Artush Shahbazian, a deputy from the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), tells “Aravot” that just because his opposition party is currently not holding rallies does not mean that it is not active. He argues that politics is not just about organizing street protests. He says that just like other political forces Dashnaktsutyun is getting ready for the 2012 elections.
“Zhamanak” condemns Thursday’s arrest of Vardges Gaspari, an opposition activist who allegedly shouted abuse at the chief of the Armenian police, Alik Sargsian. The pro-opposition daily claims that it was a government response to the one-week nonstop demonstrations held by the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) this month.