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“Zhamanak” comments on the recent missile strikes by Azerbaijani armed forces against Armenian defense facilities in Nagorno-Karabakh: “The main reaction of officials visiting the frontlines after the four-day war in April 2016 is admiration that lessons have been learned and the necessary work is being done: the enemy will not dare start a new war. Yet, this all is more like propaganda. Even if this state of affairs corresponds to the reality, then it is questioned by the news coming from the frontlines. Azerbaijan is getting ready for a war and this war that seems almost inevitable will have a new nature… This is going to be a war of high-precision weapons.”

In connection with Sunday’s elections to the Council of Elders of Yerevan “Zhoghovurd” writes: “The authorities failed to easily rig the April 2 parliamentary and May 14 Yerevan municipal elections without scandals. Undeniable evidence of electoral violations is being revealed these days. Besides distributing electoral bribes and using administrative resources to put pressure on voters, the authorities controlled the course of the voting, at some polling stations even using the so-called carousel mechanism. It is not without a reason that many voters invalidated ballot-papers ticked in favor of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia by putting more signs on them.”

“Hraparak” tries to understand the motives of the people who exchanged their votes for cash in the latest elections. The paper’s editorial says: “One should differentiate among the people who take electoral bribes. It is a multilayered mass, people of different views and positions. If voters believed and felt that the opposition was much better and would not fail to meet their expectations in the future, they would definitely have rejected those 5,000 or 10,000 drams (about $10-$20). These people need to be educated and convinced that selling their votes is not good, that it is the same as theft and so on. But most importantly the opposition itself needs to purify itself, get educated and grow up, as in order to beat the government it needs to be much better than it.”

(Tigran Avetisian)

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