“168 Zham” quotes Naira Zohrabian, a senior member of the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK), as accusing the Yerevan municipality of wasting public funds or spending them in a less than transparent manner. In particular, she claims that municipal tenders for the right to clear the city of stray dogs and provide other services to the Mayor’s Office are regularly won by the same unnamed parliament deputy from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK). “He is probably their best expert on dogs,” Zohrabian quipped a few days ago. “We are not dealing with dogs, we are dealing with humans,” Galust Sahakian, an HHK deputy chairman, responded on Monday.
“Hayots Ashkhar” says that a new “war” is brewing within the Armenian opposition. The pro-government paper points to allegations by Zharangutyun party representative Stepan Safarian that a company controlled by a member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) is selling public benches to municipal authorities at inflated prices. Dashnaktsutyun has hit back at the allegations, saying that they “smack of an order” issued by the authorities. The paper wonders if the two opposition parties can continue to cooperate on the conduct of elections and other issues after this bitter exchange.
“Zhamanak” claims that Gyumri has become a “criminal center” of Armenia, commenting on the latest high-profile killing committed there. It says that “criminal elements” linked to the ruling HHK and Gagik Tsarukian’s BHK have “usurped everything in the city.” “This is symbolic in the sense that Gyumri reflects governance practices and a government mentality that have taken hold in Armenia,” writes the paper.
“Zhoghovurd” reports that police officers maintaining order at the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan humiliated Tsarukian on Wednesday by refusing to let him and his entourage use a road shortcut reserved for senior state officials. “The fact that a police officer can dare to stop Gagik Tsarukian or another, much less influential oligarch from taking one or another path leaves no doubts that that was done on orders issued from the highest level,” comments the paper. “That demonstrative and cheap message served a prophylactic purpose and was probably aimed at making the leader of a political force threatening to [officially] move to the opposition camp sober up.”
According to “Hraparak,” President Serzh Sarkisian’s decision to reappoint Tigran Sarkisian as prime minister means that he has no plans to carry out sweeping reforms during his second term. The paper claims that even the Orinats Yerkir Party, the HHK’s junior coalition partner, did not openly approve of Tigran Sarkisian’s reappointment.