“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says that a deepening discord between the Armenian National Congress (HAK) and other opposition groups is translating into a “clarification of the political landscape” and is therefore a “very positive phenomenon.” The pro-HAK daily also complains that Armenia’s governing parties have yet to clarify whether they will form an electoral alliance ahead of next year’s parliamentary elections. It says that for Artur Baghdasarian’s Orinats Yerkir Party that would be the only chance of having seats in the next National Assembly.
Political commentator Armen Badalian tells “Zhamanak” that the HAK is helped by the fact that “the political level” of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) is not very high. “But the HHK makes up for that with administrative and financial resources which the HAK lacks,” he says. Badalian also says he does not believe in the possibility of a dialogue between the government and the opposition. He says they could only hold “short negotiations on a concrete issue.”
“168 Zham” reports that Karapet Rubinian, a dissident member of the HAK, has commented with sarcasm on HAK leader Levon Ter-Petrosian’s calls for President Serzh Sarkisian to pardon and free all “political prisoners.” “We are rightly proud of our political prisoner brothers who refuse to write pardon requests but are ignoring the fact that the Congress leader for the second time voiced a pardon application [to Sarkisian] at a rally,” Rubinian is quoted as saying.
Vartan Bostanjian, a parliament deputy from the pro-government Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK), assures “Iravunk” that the government is “taking steps to boost people’s welfare.” Bostanjian also complains that various-level government functionaries are mainly preoccupied with “how to live an extravagant life at the expense of others.” But he says he is confident that such officials will eventually be punished.
“Hayots Ashkhar” quotes former President Robert Kocharian’s spokesman Victor Soghomonian as saying that many Armenian journalists and editors do not follow “ethical rules” or “display elementary decency” when writing about politicians and political events. “So we will continue to monitor media reports the way we have done until today,” Soghomonian tells the pro-establishment paper.