“Zhoghovurd” claims that a widely anticipated increase in the price of Russian natural gas for Armenia will nullify socioeconomic gains promised by Tigran Sarkisian’s government in its five-year program approved by parliament last month. The paper says that it will make many other goods and services in the country more expensive.
“Zhamanak” says that the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) has put the Armenian National Congress in a “fairly bad and silly situation” by refusing to support an urgent parliament session on the June 17 violence at the Yerevan’s Harsnakar restaurant. The paper says the HAK claimed last week that both the BHK and two other opposition groups represented in the National Assembly support the holding of the session. A senior BHK representative, Naira Zohrabian, denied this on Monday. The paper says this is further proof of the fact that Gagik Tsarukian and his party are not taking the HAK’s cooperation offers seriously.
Zohrabian tells “Haykakan Zhamanak” that her party will not join in any initiatives together with the Zharangutyun (Heritage) party, which is highly critical of the BHK. “Zharangutyun is a puppet political force which is now explicitly tasked with diverting this public movement, this resentment against the Harsnakar incident, to another field,” she claims. “Namely, to the Prosperous Armenia field.” Zohrabian goes on to question Zharangutyun leader Raffi Hovannisian’s “ability to make decisions,” referring to the fact that he has still not decided whether to take up his parliament seat.
Meanwhile, in an interview with “Aravot,” Armen Martirosian, a senior Zharangutyun figure, chides the HAK for considering the BHK an opposition organization despite what he describes as more and more indications to the contrary. “Our BHK colleagues keep saying that they are an alternative force and they don’t make statements about being in opposition,” he says. “I think we should leave the BHK alone as they themselves will decide what actions they want to take,” adds Martirosian.
Artak Davtian, a parliament deputy from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), likewise tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that it would be wrong to claim that “the BHK is fully playing in the opposition field.” “I personally find it hard to imagine the BHK and opposition forces participating in the  presidential elections with a joint candidate,” he says, suggesting that the BHK will likely honor a 2011 agreement with the HHK and back President Serzh Sarkisian’s reelection bid.