(June 18, Saturday)
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” scoffs at former Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian’s latest criticism of the Armenian authorities voiced at the founding congress of his Consolidation party. He said that the party is making a bid for power so that it can a “build a better future for our country.” “Some 10-15 years ago the key members of this party or those who are presumably behind this party already built a future for our country,” the paper comments scathingly. “As a result, today we have what we have.”
This is precisely why, says “Zhamanak,” Oskanian’s party is probably “the most convenient” challenger for President Serzh Sarkisian. The paper says Sarkisian has already easily managed to hold Gagik Tsarukian’s Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) in check for “numerous questions about the past.” It sees many parallels between the BHK and Consolidation.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” sees no “concrete results” yet of the Armenian government’s pledge to toughen the fight against corruption which Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian made at a May 12 cabinet meeting in Yerevan. The paper dismisses government officials’ arguments that they need time to study corrupt practices and their root causes and come up with workable solutions to them. “Apparently, work on [anti-corruption] strategies is so time-consuming and grueling that it leaves them with no time an energy to actually fight against corruption and misuse of public resources,” it says with sarcasm.
“Zhoghovurd” quotes Agriculture Minister Sergo Karapetian as saying on Friday that the Armenian government expects good harvests of key agricultural crops this year as well. Karapetian also urged Armenian food-processing companies to properly organize the upcoming purchase of fruits and vegetables from farmers. The paper is skeptical about his statements. It recalls that Karapetian already promised a year ago that the farmers will have no trouble finding wholesale buyers for their produce. It argues that some farmers have still not been paid for last year’s crops.