“Zhamanak” says Thursday’s meeting of the leadership of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) produced no concrete results anticipated by observers. The paper points out that no “noisy” statements regarding parliament speaker Hovik Abrahamian were made after the meeting. But it says the issue must have been high on the agenda because Abrahamian cancelled a visit to Ukraine to be able to take part in the meeting.
“It is now evident that Serzh Sarkisian personally provoked the squabbles inside the government related to the Audit Chamber’s report,” writes “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun.” “And he provoked them quite skillfully.” The paper says Sarkisian realizes that since he is now serving his second and final term in office his positions in the state apparatus will gradually weaken. “He knows well that regime change in Armenia always occurs from within,” it says. “So what should he do? The only solution is to provoke an intra-government confrontation because in that case everybody’s positions will weaken.” The paper says that both Abrahamian and Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian have been seriously weakened by the Audit Chamber scandal.
“Hayots Ashkhar” puts a positive spin on the affair, saying that “such discussions are for the first time being held in our country in an open and transparent way.” “All parties have been able to speak up and substantiate and defend their views,” says the paper. “In particular, the discussions have demonstrated that many high-ranking officials are clearly not fit to occupy their positions.” The pro-government paper believes that some of those officials deserve to be sentenced to life imprisonment.
“Hraparak” says that the incoming governor of Armenia’s Syunik region, Vahe Hakobian, and his influential family had an uneasy relationship with the previous regional governor, Suren Khachatrian. “In effect, the province has now been handed over to the Hakobians, and they will now control not only the copper-molybdenum sector but also everything: economic, political and social affairs,” the paper says.