“Haykakan Zhamanak” claims that during his 10-year presidency Serzh Sarkisian has failed to ensure progress for the country. “The GDP has remained at the same level, while the country’s foreign debt has more than doubled. About 12 percent of Armenia’s population has emigrated from the country,” the daily writes, implying that comparisons drawn by some ruling party representatives between Sarkisian and such historical figures as Great Britain’s Winston Churchill, France’s Charles de Gaulle and even today’s German Chancellor Angela Merkel are inappropriate.
“Zhoghovurd” observes that price increases in Armenia continue unabated. “According to official data, an inflation of 3.1 percent was registered in Armenia in January-February. On the foodstuffs market alone inflation totaled 4 percent. And this is in the case when no rise in pensions, social benefits and public sector salaries is envisaged in Armenia’s 2018 state budget. As a result, life in Armenia is getting more and more difficult,” the paper concludes.
The editor of “Aravot” backs the Health Ministry’s ban on the over-the-counter sale of antibiotics, psychotropic and hormone therapy drugs. “But things should be organized the way that these medicines, albeit by prescription, but be easily available to all those who need them. Has the Ministry been able to organize the work this way? No, it hasn’t,” the editor contends.