“The political situation in post-election Armenia has demonstrated that it’s one thing to falsify elections, steal votes from each other and bribe monitors and it’s another thing to divide the government pie acquired as a result of that,” writes “Zhoghovurd.” “Negotiations taking place within the government for 17 days are still not producing results. The [ruling] HHK has still not succeeded in breaking up the BHK and forcing it to sign an agreement to support Serzh Sarkisian in the 2013 presidential election or at least renew the repeatedly modified coalition memorandum.”
“Most experts were confident that this issue will be finally solved after Serzh Sarkisian’s May 15 visit to Moscow,” continues “Zhoghovurd.” “But as further events demonstrated, the anticipated solution did not come about. According to some claims, the reason for this is that Serzh Sarkisian did not manage to have a tête-à-tête meeting with Vladimir Putin to finally ascertain his further steps.”
Interviewed by “Aravot,” HHK spokesman Eduard Sharmazanov questions reports that the BHK is demanding the post of prime minister in the new coalition government that could be formed by Sarkisian. “I don’t think that they in the BHK are so naive as to raise such an issue with us,” says Sharmazanov. “Both the prime minister and the chairman of the National Assembly will be from the Republican Party.” He also indicates that the current premier, Tigran Sarkisian, will retain his post.
“Whether or not the HHK and the BHK will form a coalition will become clear in the coming days,” writes “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun.” “But it is already obvious that the political situation in Armenia has become utterly absurd. If a particular political force won an absolute [parliamentary] majority in any normal country as a result of elections, it would not even think about forming a coalition and it is other forces that would seek to join a coalition with it. Yet in Armenia, the situation is totally different. The impression is such that the HHK fell into panic after winning the elections and is now inviting various forces to form a coalition with it.” The paper claims that the Republicans are acting in this way because they too realize they did not win the May 5 vote.
Political analyst Manvel Sargsian tells “Zhamanak” that the Armenian president boycotted the NATO summit in Chicago not only because of the summit declaration’s controversial references to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict but also because Russia’s President Vladimir Putin also did not attend the gathering. “The key issues of Armenia’s security are solved with the Russian Federation and other CIS countries,” he says. “And so naturally not going to Chicago is somewhat connected with Putin’s no-show.”