(Saturday, April 5)
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” is convinced that Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian was forced to resign. “The day after the resignation, Serzh Sarkisian openly stated that he is unhappy with the government’s work,” explains the paper. “It did not ensure economic growth, did not enjoy citizens’ trust, and so on. But Tigran Sarkisian had these failings last year, the year before and four or five years ago. Therefore, the reason for the resignation is different.”
“In our view, the most likely reason is as follows,” continues “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun.” “Right from the beginning, Tigran Sarkisian entered the government system as a catering link. At first as chairman of the Central Bank and then as prime minister. His status within the system began changing 1-1.5 years ago. Little by little he was forming not only his own political team but also a financial-oligarchic pole. If things continued like that he would have his own clan.”
“Zhoghovurd” claims that Russia had a hand in Tigran Sarkisian’s resignation. The paper says that Sarkisian has long been regarded as a “pro-Western” and simply could not have held on to his position after President Sarkisian’s decision to join the Russian-led Customs Union.
“Throughout his tenure Tigran Sarkisian has spoken from the position of an intellectual,” writes “168 Zham.” “While has catering to a quasi-criminal and oligarchic economy in reality, he has acted like a carrier of European values. At the same time he has made membership in the Customs Union his key objective. Such contradictions can be listed endlessly. But there is no need for doing that anymore.”
“Zhamanak” says that the premier’s resignation has left Armenia’s four main opposition parties confused because it rendered joint actions, including three-day rallies in Yerevan, planned by them meaningless. The paper believes that the opposition Armenian National Congress and Zharangutyun (Heritage) parties have found themselves in a particularly difficult position. “Serzh Sarkisian is not going to meet them and invite them join a government of national unity,” it says. “Zharangutyun lost this opportunity after last year’s presidential election. It is possible that this ‘magnificent grouping of four’ [parties] will cease to exist soon.”