“It is clear that in the upcoming political processes the [governing] Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) will be playing the ‘generation change’ card in the hope of winning public support by trying to leave the society with the impression that the HHK is changing its image and putting forward representatives of the younger generation that are not thuggish elements or oligarchs,” writes “Zhamanak.” The paper dismisses this perceived strategy as a mere publicity stunt. “The public has already had chances to see what the new HHK generation looks like,” it says. “So it will not be hard for the public to figure out what the HHK ‘generation change’ is all about.”
“By means of the ruling party, Serzh Sarkisian has embarked on a process of ‘fine-tuning’ Armenia’s political system,” says “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun.” “While analyzing his steps taken in various directions, one can pretty much guess what his vision for Armenia’s future or the end goal of that process is. Already prominent HHK figures are saying which parties will be represented in the next parliament.” According to the pro-opposition paper, Serzh Sarkisian is thus making it clear that he plans to bar political groups really seeking regime change in the country from the National Assembly to be elected next year.
“Hraparak” cites reports that Levon Ter-Petrosian’s Armenian National Congress (HAK) has agreed after all to cede its seats in election commissions in the central town of Hrazdan to a rival opposition party, Civil Contract, which is contesting a mayoral election that will be held there next month. But the paper quotes Civil Contract representatives as saying that their mayoral candidate, Sasun Mikael, will name members of only 9 out of Hrazdan’s 28 precinct election commissions.