Commenting on Seyran Ohanian’s decision to participate in Armenia’s forthcoming parliamentary elections, “Zhamanak” says that the former defense minister is aspiring to the role of a “second pole” in the Armenian political stage. “This means that whichever political force teams up with him Seyran Ohanian will … reserve the leading position for himself,” writes the paper.
“Judging from the overall tone of his statement [made on Tuesday,] one can presume that Ohanian is unhappy with something and is entering politics because of that,” writes “Haykakan Zhamanak.” “He will presumably give answers to all remaining questions in his next statements, even though they may not be voiced at all.” The paper reports that a new and obscure political group called the United Armenia Movement rushed to voice “unconditional” support for Ohanian later on Tuesday. It notes that the movement threw its weight behind the former minister even before he clarified his political agenda and platform.
“Hayots Ashkhar” wonders whether Ohanian will join the “moderate-constructive” or radical opposition. The paper says that it still has trouble imagining a man who has held top military posts for the past two decades acting like an opposition figure. “What is eye-catching is the fact that no political figure or political force was mentioned in Seyran Ohanian’s statement,” it says, adding that he did not even hint at a possible alliance with Victor Dallakian, a former chief of President Serzh Sarkisian’s staff. “Furthermore, the statement gives the impression that Seyran Ohanian intends to set up his own party, rather than join another force,” concludes “Hayots Ashkhar.”
“When [former President] Levon Ter-Petrosian announced his return [to active politics] in 2008 a huge section of the society responded to that with a great deal of enthusiasm,” writes “Hraparak.” “But it was a further indication that we cannot get rid of the burden of the past and new individuals’ entry into politics is blocked. In 2016, we remain stuck in the vicious circle of old names. Politicians of the 20th century are still around.”