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“Zhamanak” reacts to President Serzh Sarkisian’s public assurances that he has no disagreements with Prime Minister Karen Karapetian and that the latter “has no reason to resign.” The paper suggests that the assurances may have been primarily addressed to Russian-Armenian billionaire Samvel Karapetian (no relation), who is a strong backer of the premier. It notes that the president made the comments the day after attending the inauguration of a new university facility in Yerevan that was donated by the tycoon. In any case, it says, his statement boosted Karen Karapetian’s shaky positions in the government.

“Hayots Ashkhar” says that contrary some observers’ predictions, Gagik Tsarukian’s Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) has failed to pose a serious threat to Sarkisian and the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) since it was set up over a decade ago. “True, the BHK continues to be considered the second strongest political force, but it cannot have greater ambitions,” argues the paper.

“Haykakan Zhamanak” claims that the government’s biggest hope for economic betterment in Armenia is not greater exports or investments but an increase in cash remittances from Armenian migrant workers abroad and a higher price of copper in the world markets. The paper says that even $850 million in investments promised by Karapetian for this year cannot improve the socioeconomic situation in the country as rapidly as the remittances could.

(Tigran Avetisian)

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