Writing in his newspaper, “Haykakan Zhamanak” editor Nikol Pashinian says that the Armenian opposition should take more radical steps to topple the government. Pashinian specifically makes the case for an opposition march to the presidential palace in Yerevan which he says would result in Serzh Sarkisian’s resignation. “This action must not be viewed in the context of bloody clashes,” he says, adding that Armenians that took to the streets in March 2008 are ready to do the same again.
“Hayots Ashkhar” reports that former parliament speaker Hovik Abrahamian predicted on Tuesday that Sarkisian’s Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) will win the May 2012 parliamentary elections. He also noted that the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) will not defeat the Republicans. The pro-government paper complains that pro-opposition media outlets were quick to exploit that statement and exaggerate its implications. It says that Abrahamian simply spoke in his capacity as the HHK’s election campaign manager and did not mean to attack the BHK.
“Aravot” reports on the unfolding mayoral race in the central Armenian town of Hrazdan. Its incumbent mayor, Aram Danielian, will be challenged in the elections by Sasun Mikaelian, a prominent member of the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK). Kovalenko Shahgeldian, the governor of the Kotayk province, of which Hrazdan is the capital, said recently that Danielian will win reelection. The paper quotes Mikaelian as dismissing the governor’s statement. “Time will tell whether or not his calculations are correct,” says the oppositionist. “He is used to holding fraudulent elections and using his position to further his interests and suppress the people. But I promise you that he won’t succeed in doing that this time around.”