“Zhoghovurd” rounds on pro-government politicians who have accused young activists campaigning against kiosk construction in Yerevan of serving “certain forces.” “Even if that is true, our city and society only benefit from that,” write the paper.
“Yerkir” urges Armenia’s leading opposition forces to focus their resources on the fight against vote rigging. “But is this enough to achieve success?” asks the paper. “The opposition can mobilize even 10,000 people but they would be able to oversee only the voting process. It is already clear that violations will not happen in polling stations. In order to have normal elections there needs to be not only political but also civic responsibility.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” scoffs at a joint demonstration that was organized outside the parliament on Tuesday by the opposition Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), the Armenian National Congress (HAK) and the Zharangutyun (Heritage) party. The pro-government paper points out that as recently as last spring HAK leader Levon Ter-Petrosian lashed out at Dashnaktsutyun and Zharangutyun, branding both parties as “false opposition.” “Yet yesterday the former rivals were acting in a united front,” it says.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” says there was “hidden competition” between young HAK and Dashnaktsutyun activists that attended Tuesday’s protest. “In particular, when HAK activists beat drums and whistled Dashnaktsutyun representatives sang party songs and danced outside the National Assembly,” writes the paper. “As a result of this competition, for 2.5 hours the young people managed to keep the action scene active, attracting passersby’s attention to the issue.”
“Zhamanak” carries an interview with Dashnaktsutyun leader Armen Rustamian on the European Union’s latest statement on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Rustamian says he does not think that the EU wants to replace France as a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group. He says the EU realizes that any change in the format of Armenian-Azerbaijani negotiations would be counterproductive. “True, the negotiations periodically stall and do not produce serious results but let nobody think that if they try to step up the process by changing the format they will get a better result,” adds Rustamian.