“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says the Armenian authorities are categorically against the latest election-related legal amendments proposed by the opposition because “those changes would drastically reduce possibilities of fraud.” “The [ruling] HHK is not interested in that because the HHK has a majority [in the parliament] today thanks to those falsifications,” claims the paper. It says the HHK does want to even debate the issue on the parliament floor because it has no convincing arguments against the opposition bill.
But as Hovannes Sahakian, the secretary of the HHK’s parliamentary faction, tells “Hayots Ashkhar,” it is the opposition that has failed to substantiate its demands. “The opposition will exploit the issue and our people will attentively follow their speeches and draw conclusions,” he says, adding that the proposed amendments should be discussed only after the forthcoming presidential election.
“Zhamanak” accuses the HHK and the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) of “nearly paralyzing Armenia’s political scene,” saying that the outcome of behind-the-scene dealings between these two political forces will predetermine the positions of other major players on the presidential election. The paper suggests that the BHK will clarify whom it will support in the presidential election “at the last minute.” Namely, in the middle of December.
For “Hraparak,” the main election-related question today is “who the voters opposed to Serzh Sarkisian will vote for.” “Clearly, those voters are now confused,” editorializes the paper. It says they do not see a strong candidate who can mount a serious challenge to Sarkisian. These people make up a substantial part of Armenia’s population but the authorities have been able to neutralize them because “our opposition is inept,” concludes “Hraparak.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” expects Serzh Sarkisian and Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet next month on the sidelines of a Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) summit in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The pro-opposition paper speculates that Putin will demand a “clear-cut position” on whether Armenia wants to join the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEc) after all. It notes that unlike Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian, who has repeatedly spoken out against Armenian membership in the EurAsEc, President Sarkisian has never made any public statements on the issue.