“Yerkir” accuses senior figures in the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) of publicly insulting the opposition and thus exposing “the government’s decadence.” “A government reaches such a level only in one case: when it starts thinking that it is not only omnipotent but also irreplaceable and that the state resources and levers relentlessly exploited by it are its natural property,” the paper writes in an editorial.
“Zhamanak” says Armenian political forces are now switching their focus to next year’s presidential election. The paper says the HHK is making no secret of the fact that the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) must pledge support for President Serzh Sarkisian’s reelection bid if it is to remain in government. It says the HHK’s failure to clinch such an endorsement would trigger speculation about the BHK’s own presidential candidate. Will it be BHK leader Gagik Tsarukian, former Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian or former President Robert Kocharian?
Miasnik Malkhasian, a prominent member of the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK), tells “Aravot” that he does not share concerns voiced by dissident members of the bloc. Echoing HAK leaders’ statements, he says in particular that the HAK has cooperated with the BHK only on the proper conduct of the May 6 elections. Asked whether that cooperation is still going on, Malkhasian replies: “I don’t know what developments will occur. Time will tell.”
“Zhoghovurd” carries an interview with Shushan Petrosian, a pop singer who has been elected to the Armenian parliament on the HHK ticket. Petrosian rejects opposition criticism of her decision to engage in political activities on the government’s side. “As regards criticism in general, unfortunately that has been the norm lately,” she says. “There is no normal, humane treatment, no appreciation. I’m not talking about myself, even though I have gone down a path that has long been appreciated by the people … I decided to go the National Assembly because there are many problems, especially in the area of culture.”
“We are unjustly accused of doing everything secretly,” Galust Sahakian, an HHK deputy chairman, tells “Hayots Ashkhar.” “The reality is different. We have decisions but do not reveal them prematurely, before they get an official form that can be presented to the people.”