“Yerkir” notes that the ruling Republican Party’s election campaign is almost single-handedly conducted by President Serzh Sarkisian. “Only he delivers speeches at meetings with voters,” writes the paper. “This is being portrayed as a campaign tactic. Maybe that is indeed the case. But one cannot help but wonder why this tactic was chosen by a party whose leader boasted just a few months that they are the only political force that has the resources to effect change in the country. Where are those resources? Why are they being stubbornly hidden? Where is the prime minister? Why isn’t he taking this opportunity to come face to face with his own people and talk about plans to improve their living conditions?”
“That the Republican Party is afraid of public debates became evident during the first week of the campaign,” writes “Zhoghovurd.” “With a stubbornness that can make anyone envious the HHK has rejected all invitations for debate, boycotting all undesirable media outlets and opponents. This is more than odd if we take into account the fact that the HHK leader everywhere speaks of his achievements and gains. But if the HHK has done such a good job why isn’t willing to disprove its critics’ arguments one by one in a direct, face-to-face debate?”
“Aravot” comments on Sunday’s angry confrontation in Yerevan between opposition leader Nikol Pashinian and a group of women supporting his HHK-backed rival Samvel Aleskanian. The paper points that this is not the first that that diehard female supporters are used by politicians for their political aims, citing concrete examples from Armenia’s post-Soviet history.
In an interview with “Hayots Ashkhar” Vahan Artsruni, a famous Armenian composer and singer, says that the mostly young activists campaigning against kiosk construction in a Yerevan park should set up a political party. Artsruni argues that their campaign “has to do with political issues and must eventually lead to political solutions.” “There is no other way of changing the political situation,” he says.
Political analyst Ruben Mehrabian tells “Zhamanak” that Russia is interested in seeing an “illegitimate and criminal regime” in Armenia. “Such a regime would always have problems with the West and depend on the whims of [Vladimir] Putin’s regime,” he claims.