“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” argues that in Armenian elections governments are not formed by the vote of the people, but “elect themselves by means of vote-buying, rigging, intimidations, ballot-box stuffing, etc.”
“But people get to elect what will be the next main opposition party. And it is important that they think before they cast their vote. Do they want the main opposition party for the next five years to be, for instance, Orinats Yerkir? If they do, then no problem, it is their choice,” the daily concludes.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that at its next meeting the Armenian government is going to grant tax privileges to a company linked with Syunik’s controversial former governor Surik Khachatrian. “Almost during every session the government decides to grant various tax privileges to one or several companies. But a majority of them, if not all of them, are connected with some official or oligarch,” it writes. The paper goes on to claim that these tax privileges granted under the name of stimulating production in reality affect competition in the market.