Armenian newspapers comment on a statement in support of the embattled Syunik Governor Suren Khachatrian that was issued late on Wednesday by the provincial administration staff. The statement said they watched footage from surveillance cameras of Khachatrian’s house in Goris and can state for certain that the governor was not involved in the June 1 deadly shooting there.
“Zhamanak” notes that the video was supposedly confiscated by investigators and could not have been made public. “This means that the so-called provincial administration simply does not give a damn about the rules of the investigation and the law,” it says, accusing Khachatrian of having turned it into a personal instrument.
“It was not clear why they are not publicizing that video today,” writes “Hraparak.” “Nor was it clear why the chief military prosecutor [Gevorg Kostanian] gave an unprecedented news conference [on Wednesday,] using the personal authority that he has or does not have for the sake of Liska’s salvation.” The paper also wonders why the Armenian government is keen to “once again” save Khachatrian from prosecution.
“Aravot” suspects that the Syunik administration never watched the video and that its employs were simply ordered by Khachatrian to back his version of events. “This is how one of the main players in the case is influencing the investigation while remaining at large,” editorializes the paper.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reacts to President Serzh Sarkisian’s remark that Armenia’s economy was one of the fastest-growing in the world in 2012. “It turns out that Serzh Sarkisian is taking figures made up by our National Statistical Service (NSS) seriously,” comments the paper. It also scoffs at Sarkisian’s claims that Azerbaijan is heading for an “economic fiasco.” “He did not say how Azerbaijan’s fiasco will stimulate our economy,” it says. “Our oligarchs probably control the most profitable sectors of the economy because there is oil in Azerbaijan. Or maybe people in our country are poor because Azerbaijan is a dictatorship. The connection is not quite visible.”
Robert Nazarian, the chairman of the Public Services Regulatory Commission (PSRC), tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that the regulatory body will go head with the planned substantial increases in the prices of natural gas and electricity. He says the PSRC will approve the new tariffs later this month after holding “public discussions” on the matter. “We want to hear and take into account the opinions of all parties,” explains Nazarian. “If there are substantiated and practical proposals they will definitely be taken into consideration at least during the next revision of [energy] tariffs.”