“Aravot” says that Suren Khachatrian, who resigned as Syunik province governor on Thursday, acted in line with an unofficial code of honor prevalent in Armenia during the June 1 shootout outside his home in Goris. “Leaving aside the fact of his being a governor and his previous acts of ‘bravery,’ let us admit that his explanation is acceptable to the majority of Armenia’s population,” editorializes the paper. “Have these norms accepted in the single criminal, oligarchic and official world not entered the bounds of general ideas espoused by our society? He who has a knife stabs, he who has a weapon shots.” This is the kind of people that hold sway in the country and they serve as role models for many ordinary people, according to “Aravot.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” backs President Serzh Sarkisian’s claims that Azerbaijan is headed to ruin because of falling oil production and profligacy of its government. “It can be inferred from this that the oil disease awaiting Azerbaijan in the coming years will directly hit not only its state budget but also the country’s internal political stability,” writes the pro-presidential paper. “Signs of that can already be seen today because the Azerbaijani opposition is uniting ahead of the October presidential elections, gearing up for a battle against the Aliyev clan.”
“All of a sudden Serzh Sarkisian has started saying that Azerbaijan is a very lousy country and will suffer a fiasco after three or four years because those fools are stupidly spending money and do not know that the picture in the region will change in three or four years ,” writes “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun.” “Of course it’s good that those fools are spending their money ‘in a way that could not be planned by their adversaries.’ This is said by a man whose government has allocated 80 million drams ($193,000) to farmers hit by a hailstorm but spent 127 million drams on two [public] toilets that are out of order.”
“Zhamanak” comments on a gradual liberalization of Armenia’s aviation sector that was announced by the government on Thursday. “In effect, an open sky policy is the West’s demand addressed to Armenia,” writes the paper. It says that a privileged status enjoyed by the now bankrupt Armavia airline has cost the country dearly. “They now seem to be putting an end to this, and they are doing so under apparent Western pressure. It is not clear, however, what will replace all this,” concludes the paper.