“Regardless of Robert Kocharian’s plans in advance of the next parliamentary elections, his name will be one of the most frequently circulated names and topics in the pre-election period,” writes “Zhamanak.” The paper says this could play into President Serzh Sarkisian’s hands because he would definitely compare favorably with his predecessor. “In creating an appropriate background by circulating the Kocharian theme, Serzh Sarkisian may have an influential ally in the Armenian National Congress (HHK),” continues the pro-HAK daily. “Influential in both sociopolitical and propaganda senses.” The HAK would also benefit from more talk of a Kocharian comeback, it says.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” dismisses anti-government statements made in parliament by representatives of the opposition Zharangutyun (Heritage) party and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun). The paper, which is also sympathetic to the HAK, says they are merely aimed at scoring points ahead of the parliamentary elections in which Zharangutyun and Dashnaktsutyun will be risking a serious defeat. “There is nothing wrong with this, it’s a normal political process,” it says. “The government’s actions are also very logical. For example, they are enacting tax changes that would fill up the [state] budget but not hurt the oligarchs.”
But some government actions are not clear to “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun.” “For example, why has the Syunik governor [accused of violent conduct] not been sacked?” it asks.
“We will do everything to prevent those elections from being rigged,” Zoya Tadevosian, an HAK activist and a former member of the Central Election Commission (CEC), tells “Aravot.” “But can we guarantee by 100 percent that they won’t be rigged? In any case, the resources wielded by the Congress are enough to monitor the course of the elections. But they are investing ten times as many resources to falsify the elections and that is done at the state level. What can the Congress do against the army and the police?”
“Hayots Ashkhar” asks Artak Zakarian, a parliament deputy from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), to comment on Armenia’s possible accession to a “Eurasian Union” of former Soviet republics proposed by Russia. Zakarian says he is not against the idea in principle because he believes that Armenia has many similarities with other ex-Soviet states and could “realize its potential in a common area of nations with larger populations and economic resources.”
“Yerkir” reports on annual fund-raising telethon that will be held in Los Angeles on Thursday by the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund. “For the Diaspora, it’s no longer possible to ignore the lack of our government’s will and desire to reform Armenia’s economy and do away with the oligopolies,” writes the paper. “And that is starting to cause deep distrust in the Diaspora.”