“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says the economic situation in the country has only worsened since the February 2013 presidential election during which President Serzh Sarkisian pledged to create a “secure Armenia” in his second term in office. “This means that Serzh Sarkisian was lying,” alleges the paper. It says that Sarkisian knew at the time that there will be more hardship, including higher prices of gas and electricity, is on the cards. “Why did he deliberately deceive the people?” asks “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun.”
“The greatest danger confronting Armenia today is not Serzh Sarkisian’s corruption or the ‘stale atmosphere’ cited by him,” writes “Zhamanak.” “Our greatest danger is that Armenia has still not created a state system of immunity that would precisely calculate all challenges facing the state and automatically take the most necessary and optimal steps.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” anticipates a flurry of alarmist and shallow media speculations about Sarkisian’s next talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The paper media speculation about whether Armenia will sign the Association Agreement with the European Union or join the Russian-led customs union has already been extremely intense in the past few months.
“Aravot” reports that the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) have decided not field candidates for an upcoming parliamentary by-election in a Syunik constituency on the grounds that vote rigging has been especially rampant in that area. “The real reason is that those political forces have no real support in that region,” Manvel Badeyan, a parliament deputy from the governing Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), tells the paper. Badeyan says that another opposition party, Zharangutyun (Heritage), is participating in the September 29 election because its leader Raffi Hovannisian won quite a few votes in Syunik in the February 2013 presidential election.