“Serzh Sarkisian seems to have decided to ignite the inner-government fire in several stages,” writes “Zhamanak.” “At first, he allowed the Audit Chamber’s report to be published and become a subject of heated speeches and attacks in the parliament. Then he made his statements on June 29, after which Serzh Sarkisian switched to a second stage of inner-government attacks … which took the form of a government counteroffensive against the Audit Chamber. In all likelihood, Serzh Sarkisian will end this game at a meeting of the [ruling] HHK’s Executive Body.” This is how Sarkisian is trying to keep the ruling regime under full control, according to the paper.
“Hayots Ashkhar” is disappointed that the row has not translated into a meaningful debate between the government and the Audit Chamber. The paper says the parties should either come up with new arguments in support of their position or admit that one of them is in the wrong.
For “Aravot” the apparent tensions within the country’s leadership are “a positive phenomenon in itself.” “Who said that the government and the parliament, the deputies and the ministers must sing like doves all day long?” writes the paper. “They must constantly debate with each other and counterweight each other. Also, it would good if the parliament majority was not able to single-handedly endorse government decisions, which is unfortunately the case in Armenia … But we have what we have. It is better to discuss, even in this environment, abuses in the executive branch than to keep silent about them.”
“In the last 20 years, there have never been as many tensions, conflicts and intrigues within the government as there are now,” writes “Hraparak.” The paper claims that there are now several rival factions within the ruling party and some senior state officials “can’t stand each other.”