“Aravot” laments continuing complaints voiced by many ordinary Armenians about “when these authorities will start to think about the people.” “The thing is that these authorities are people who were temporarily hired us and whose contractual -- in this case constitutional -- functions do not include thinking about or financially supporting us,” editorializes the paper. “We hired them to ensure our security and protect our rights. Their fulfillment of the first duty is satisfactory and the second one unsatisfactory.”
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” claims that the Armenian authorities are helping to create the image of “enemies of the people” for local oligarchs. “Oligarchs are large monopolists that use state authority for their personal interests,” says the opposition daily. But in Armenia, it says, power was usurped by other people. The paper says that by using them as scapegoats President Serzh Sarkisian wants to “please Western structures” and “make our entrepreneurs more obedient.” “So when Western structures address the malice gobbling our country, corruption, they must have Serzh Sarkisian and Robert Kocharian in mind,” it says.
In an interview with “Iravunk,” Vladimir Gasparian, chief of the Armenian police, says that he will consider everyone, including the oligarchs, to be his friends as long as they “do not violate the rules of public co-existence.” “I have come to make sure that the right type of people hold sway,” he says rhetorically.
“Yerkir” reports that ceasefire violations in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone are continuing despite international mediators’ recent announcement that the conflicting parties have agreed to jointly investigate such incidents. The paper criticizes the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group for this fact.
Aram Sarkisian, a leading member of the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK), tells “Zhamanak” that he is against preparing now for the regular parliamentary elections due in May. “In a country like Armenia any action can lead to the president’s resignation and regime change in the next five months,” he says. “The authorities here are not stronger than the authorities in Egypt and Tunisia which had to resign under public pressure five or six months after holding elections.”