“Zhamanak” says that Vartan Oskanian’s statement on Monday is another indication that the former foreign minister “represents former President Robert Kocharian’s interests.” “Yet even in this case, it means that Kocharian claims to be acting as a supporter of domestic political consolidation against vote falsifications. This is a joke,” writes the paper.
“Yerkir” says growing verbal spats between senior members of the Republican (HHK) and Prosperous Armenia (BHK) parties mean that “processes are getting out of hand and nobody in these parties is now trying to conceal mutual antipathy.” The paper says that this contradicts HHK and BHK leaders’ public assurances that they will not try to undercut each other ahead of the May parliamentary elections.
Interviewed by “168 Zham,” Aram Sarkisian, a leader of the Hanrapetutyun party aligned in the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) dismisses as “lies” reports about serious disagreements within the HAK over who should occupy the top spots on the bloc’s list of election candidates. “There have been no such discussions,” says Sarkisian. “As regards our party, we have always taken less than we were offered. I don’t know who and why is inventing those rumors. Perhaps they are trying to measure themselves and us with the same yardstick or have other motives.”
Sarkisian insists that “there will arise no problems that will lead to the HAK’s collapse.” “I agree that the public is now somewhat skeptical about the HAK’s activities,” he says. “But believe me, there will be clarity after the announcement of the HAK slate and the HAK will start scoring points regardless of who will be on that list.”
“Aravot” believes that for most ordinary Armenians democracy, free elections and government legitimacy are not the top priorities. “That is a sad reality,” editorializes the paper. It says that what the people care about the most is not who will run their country but their own well-being. The same can also be said about many other nations, says the paper.