“Serious challenges are building up around Armenia,” writes “Zhamanak.” “They are directly related to Armenia’s security and economic situation. And yet in Armenia’s political field there are unfolding pre-election developments that are mainly dominated by petty intrigues and tricks.” The paper says that instead of debating “fundamental problems” facing the country Armenian parties are engaged in something very different.
“Regardless of the extent of our authorities’ slyness, their desire to hold peaceful elections not marred by incidents is noticeable and that is probably what the West notes,” editorializes “Aravot.” “Naturally, those people monitoring our internal political processes are not so naïve as to believe that the elections will take place without violations. The main [government] weapon will probably be the distribution of vote bribes and manipulations related to voter lists.” But, the paper says, Armenian government leaders are avoiding harsh and derogatory attacks on the opposition and that is also “reflecting positively on the overall atmosphere.”
“What could such course give us if it persists thanks to the prudence of all political forces?” asks “Aravot.” “First of all, it would open up many new opportunities for Armenia in terms of European integration.” The paper says the Europeans can already see that Armenia compares favorably with Azerbaijan and “their approaches to the two countries are unlikely to be the same anymore.” “Therefore, it would be no exaggeration to say that the holding of a more or less normal election is a matter of national security,” concludes the paper.
“Hraparak” wonders why activists fighting against newly built kiosks in Yerevan’s Mashtots Park did not rise up when the authorities were destroying much larger green areas in other parts of the Armenian capital. “Why did the society allow Yerevan’s barbaric mayors to sell, destroy, turn into concrete and give to the rich places dear to the people of Yerevan?” the paper says. It expresses hope that the mostly young Mashtots Park activists will turn their attention to “Yerevan’s other pressing problems” after prevailing in their standoff with the municipal authorities.