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Armenia -- Newspapers for press review illustration, Yerevan, 12Jul2016

(Saturday, October 22)

“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” excludes the possibility of President Serzh Sarkisian succeeding in his purported effort to establish a one-party state in Armenia. It observes that only those countries that have vast natural resources, such as oil and gas, have so far more or less succeeded in establishing such regimes. “Is it possible that in the near future Armenia will find major sources of oil or gas? It’s out of the question. So, there is only one option for Armenia, which is to become a truly democratic country where the government is formed by the people,” the paper writes.

“Haykakan Zhamanak” dwells on Prime Minister Karen Karapetian’s remarks during the presentation of his cabinet’s program in parliament that “the government has not yet diagnosed the illness of the Armenian economy in order to start the process of treatment”. The daily’s correspondent inquired from Deputy Prime Minister Vache Gabrielian whether it was possible to prompt to Karapetian the diagnosis to save him the trouble of going on a six-month-long quest for the answer. The official replied: “One may have more than one disease at a time. Different people turn to different doctors who provide all sorts of diagnoses. An integrated and comprehensive diagnosis can only be the result of a much more consistent analysis.”

“Zhoghovurd” purports to have calculated exactly how much money a political party needs to register a major success and even win in general elections in Armenia. It claims one needs approximately $1.4 million for that purpose. “Until opposition parties can get such amounts of money to spend on elections, their success will always be relative,” the daily suggests.

The editor of “Aravot” attempts to distinguish between what is negatively perceived in Armenian society as being an informer and being a good citizen. He writes: “If a bus driver smokes, you, as a passenger, have two options: to remain silent or make a remark to the driver… If your remark does not result in his extinguishing the cigarette, you may get into a verbal quarrel with him or just register the license plate and report your complaint to the municipality. In the West, when people see someone violating traffic rules on the highway, many record the violation and send it to the police. We would perceive such people as informers. But in reality, there might be a different name for them – good citizens.”

(Anush Mkrtchian)

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