(Saturday, February 20)
“Haykakan Zhamanak” says that Mher Sedrakian, a notorious parliamentarian representing the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), made mockery of President Serzh Sarkisian’s latest pledge to effect significant positive changes in Armenia when he verbally abused journalists in the Armenian parliament on Friday. “The more conceptual Serzh Sarkisian’s speeches become and the faster the ‘process of establishing a new political culture in Armenia’ becomes, the more intellectual and philosophical this politician’s statements become,” the paper comments with sarcasm. Sedrakian, it says, embodies the HHK’s real, ugly value system.
“168 Zham” pours scorn on the Armenian government and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) for setting up a new government ministry with the aim of giving Dashnaktsutyun an extra cabinet post. The paper says that both the government and Dashnaktsutyun “serve the nation at the expense of the state and the society, rather than themselves.” “For it is hard to serve the nation with the existing resources and within the framework of the already bloated state apparatus,” it says tartly. “They have to create a new ministry at the taxpayers’ expense … in order for their service to become more fervent and complete.”
“It appears that the Republicans and the Dashnaks have not understood why the majority of the public considers their cooperation immoral, to say the least,” writes “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun.” “The Republicans, for example, think that other political forces scorn and lambaste Dashnaktsutyun because of jealousy … The Dashnaks are apparently of the same opinion. They think that other parties too meekly lined up to get a slice of the government pie. In reality, the reasons for the negative public attitude are totally different and it’s about time the HHK and Dashnaktsutyun realized this.”
“Zhamanak” reports that Levon Ter-Petrosian’s Armenian National Congress (HAK) and the New Armenia Public Salvation Front, a more radical opposition group, will hold a joint rally on March 1 to mark the 8th anniversary of the 2008 post-election unrest in Yerevan. The paper suggests that the HAK will again pay a great deal of attention to the lingering fallout from those tragic events after the collapse of his alliance with the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK), which was reputedly linked until last year with former President Robert Kocharian, the man who presided over the 2008 crackdown on Ter-Petrosian’s opposition movement.