“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says that those who claim that the Armenian opposition is now weak because it lacks concrete ideas themselves do not come up with any ideas. “They also forget just how ideological our authorities are,” the pro-opposition paper says with irony. “Besides, ideas do not come out of the thin air. More precisely, they are not copied or imitated. At least in the Armenian society, no new ideas have been born. We have borrowed them from others and tried do adapt them to the local environment. Sometimes it worked, but more often it did not.”
“Our misfortune is that our elite is guided only by its own interests,” complains “Hayots Ashkhar.” “In the West they usually come to power because of having done something of public significance. Only after that do they go into business and turn their political resources into financial ones. In our country, as a rule they to go government in order to realize their own financial interests. The overwhelming majority of the elite is especially engaged in that and fiercely fights anyone making inroads on their revenues. And the public takes that easy.” Therefore, Armenia needs “a cadre revolution and a qualitatively new elite,” concludes the paper
Parliament speaker Hovik Abrahamian tells “Aravot” that he respects former President Levon Ter-Petrosian’s decision not to run in the upcoming presidential election. But Abrahamian refuses to comment on the reasons for the move given by Ter-Petrosian.
“Hraparak” says the announcement by Ter-Petrosian’s Armenian National Congress (HAK) that it will boycott the election is not valid because not all groups affiliated with the opposition alliance formally endorsed the move. The paper also describes as “illogical” the content of the HAK statement made on Thursday, arguing that former Prime Minister Hrant Bagratian, a member of the HAK, is determined to run in the election.