“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” says that an efficient fight against government corruption and monopolies in Armenia will require more than just economic tools, something that the paper suggests the recently appointed prime minister, Karen Karapetian, does not possess. “[President] Serzh Sarkisian set him some task, if he really did, of course, but did not provide him with the necessary instruments to be able to accomplish it. This leads one to think that Sarkisian is not really interested in Karapetian’s success. To put it bluntly, Sarkisian has let Karapetian feel the ‘drive’ at the wheel of a toy car, but it is important for him to keep the remote control.”
“Hraparak” challenges the integrity of the new premier, who has promised a level-playing field for all businesses, based on the weekend interview that he gave to representatives of only four media outlets. “After all, media are also businesses and need to work in a competitive environment. Ensuring equal conditions in our field is just as important as in the spheres of importing sugar or petrol,” the paper writes.
“Zhoghovurd” cites the data for the first nine months of the year showing that the budget revenues shortfall stands at 53 billion drams (over $110 million). “No such poor budget execution has been observed in Armenia since 2009. There is no index today that would give an occasion for optimism for the future. In other words, even if the new government manages to curb the fall, the current picture of the economy won’t change essentially,” the daily comments.