“Zhamanak” says that the Armenian society is dissatisfied with the state of affairs in the country but it is too fragmented now to force the authorities to change ways. The paper says that various segments of the society protest against their problems without joining forces or coordinating their efforts. “It is very easy for the authorities to cope with this … because all these protest threads are not connected with each other,” it says.
“Zhoghovurd” dismisses Wednesday’s decision by the Public Services Regulatory Commission (PSRC) to fine the Electric Networks of Armenia (ENA) operator 60 million drams ($126,000) as a desperate attempt to “restore its authority” shattered by the recent rise in electricity prices. The paper claims that the PSRC would have turned a blind eye to the ENA’s irregularities had the “Electric Yerevan” protests not erupted late last month. It says the ENA’s Wednesday pledge to invest 8.5 billion drams in Armenia’s power grids this year also resulted from the protests.
“Hayots Ashkhar” reports on vehement Azerbaijani protests against Karabakh President Bako Sahakian’s visit to London and the British think-tank Chatham House’s refusal to allow representatives of an Azerbaijani group in Britain to attend his presentation given there. The paper also scoffs at the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry’s warning to Russian journalists planning to cover Monday’s news conference in Nagorno-Karabakh that will be given by German Sterligov, a controversial Russian businessman. “These ridiculous convulsions by Azerbaijan and Azerbaijanis testify to the utter failure of their policy of international isolation of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic,” it says.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” comments on the Armenian government’s new three-year spending program adopted on Wednesday. Citing the 600-page document, the paper says the government does not plan to raise pensions in Armenia in 2016-2018.It says the government anticipates an annual consumer price inflation of 4 percent during the three-year period, meaning that the pensions will actually decrease in real terms.
“Hraparak” reports that several senior members of Civic Contract, a new Armenian opposition party led by Nikol Pashinian, will travel to the United States and Canada this fall for meetings with members of the local Armenian communities. The paper speculates that they will be seeking the backing of hundreds of thousands of Armenian migrants living there.