“Hayots Ashkhar” says the two-day parliament debates on the Armenian government’s five-year program resembled a war. “And that is good,” writes the pro-government paper. “After a long hiatus we again have a parliament. Deputies’ speeches had everything for every taste.” It says that opposition deputies were “very skillful” in attacking the government and that the latter should draw “serious lessons” from that.
“Barring a couple of speeches, the debates are giving me a positive impression,” Education Minister Armen Ashotian tells “Iravunk.” “We have managed to avoid personal insults and aggression, even though not all political forces refrained from populism.” Ashotian is pleased with the fact that the National Assembly has brought together “virtually all influential forces.” “An interesting work with all parliamentary forces awaits us in the next few years,” he says.
Orinats Yerkir Party leader Artur Baghdasarian tells “Irates de facto” that the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) has opted for a “no-opposition-no-government policy which will definitely be clarified over time because a political force can be either in government or in opposition.” “Anything else is not understandable for not only local but also contemporary international political systems,” he says.
“Yerkir” says “oligarchs” like Ruben Hayrapetian and Samvel Aleksanian behave in an unacceptable way because they are emboldened by President Serzh Sarkisian’s support and their victory in the May 6 parliamentary elections allegedly ensured by vote buying. The paper points out that Sarkisian personally urged voters in two Yerevan districts to vote for Hayrapetian and Aleksanian during the election campaign.
“Zhoghovurd” quotes Smbat Ayvazian, a senior member of the opposition Hanrapetutyun (Republic) party, as saying that Serzh Sarkisian and Robert Kocharian remain “united in holding on to power.” “I don’t know if they have problems on other issues, I don’t care about that at all,” Ayvazian says. “They are prepared do to everything to cling to power,” he claims. “They don’t care about the resolution of the Karabakh conflict.”