“Hraparak” is stunned by television pictures of North Koreans publicly mourning the death of their autocratic leader, Kim Jong Il. “Watching that footage, one could imagine the ceremonies after Stalin’s death which were described by our parents and grandparents,” writes the paper. It wonders why people worship such “criminals who lost any human image” and notes the sharp contrast with public reaction to the death of former Czech President Vaclav Havel, the man who “fought for progress and his country’s freedom and against the totalitarian Soviet regime.”
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says Armenians should not have been “amused” by the outpouring of North Korean grief. “At the end of the day, what matters is not the way but the content of the expression of a false thing. In this regard, Armenia does not lag behind North Korea at all because here too everything is falsified,” claims the paper. “In Armenia they falsify elections, contests, statistical data and even butter and sour cream. Even our political field is falsified because, for example, when an opposition political party makes a statement that doesn’t necessarily mean that party is in opposition.”
Interviewed by “Aravot,” Naira Zohrabian, a parliament deputy from the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK), insists that the BHK and its coalition partners have not even discussed the possibility of fielding a common list of candidates in the forthcoming parliamentary elections. Zohrabian dismisses as “science fiction” continuing media speculation about the political future of the BHK and its leader Gagik Tsarukian.
“Zhamanak” says that an electoral alliance between the BHK and President Serzh Sarkisian’s Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) would make the May 2012 elections a mere formality. “Their joint list [of candidates] would mark the beginning of the  presidential elections,” speculates the paper. “It is hard to draw a different conclusion … This means that the forthcoming parliamentary elections would either be turned into a ceremonial formality or be considered presidential elections. The Armenian opposition should approach the existing situation with this logic.”