“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” dismisses the parliament debate on the new Armenian government’s policy program as a political “show” and says that it makes no sense to look into the content of the 33-page document. “All programs are very good on paper,” writes the paper. “Can anyone [in Armenia] remember the government presenting a bad program in the last 25 years? Political forces represented in the parliament therefore vote for or against a government program based on their belief in chances of its implementation by the authorities, rather than its being good or bad.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” says that Prime Minister Karen Karapetian looked less energetic and enthusiastic than usual as he presented the program to the National Assembly on Thursday. “The prime minister answered questions about challenges facing the country and its economy in a somewhat subdued manner,” comments the paper. “He never explained convincingly just how his government will go about overcoming corruption or freeing the economy from oligarchs’ claws. He gave vague and meaningless answers to such questions.”
“Zhoghovurd” reports that Karapetian was praised on Thursday not only by pro-government parliament deputies but also lawmakers who are supposedly in opposition to the Armenian government. “The same happened during the parliamentary discussion of the program of the previous cabinet headed by Hovik Abrahamian,” says the paper. “They all were very hopeful in May 2014. The same people now admit that Armenia is in dire straits.” The paper says they do so because are primarily motivated by their personal interests.