On March 31, Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) President Bako Sahakyan received chairman of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) Canadian branch Chahé Tanachian and the branch’s secretary Hagob Arslanian.
The Conference of Presidents of the Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie (APF) for the European Region began its work at the National Assembly of Armenia on Tuesday, the press service of the Armenian parliament reported.
Campaigning for Parliamentary elections has begun in Karabakh for the May 3 election, which will seat the sixth National Assembly in the self-declared republic. A total of 33 Members of Parliament will be elected; 22 by proportional party results and 11 on majority vote.
Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP) lawmaker, economist Mikayel Melkumyan will take part in the anti-corruption council set up under a government decision, saying that he sees it as a chance to “break the ice” with his party and the ruling regime following last month’s conflict between PAP former leader Gagik Tsarukyan and President Serzh Sargsyan.
Armenian-Russian relations were praised on Monday as Yerevan hosted Chairman of the Russian State Duma Sergey Naryshkin.
President Serzh Sargsyan received Naryshkin that day, pointing out that due to the long-term activities of the intergovernmental commission on cooperation between the Armenian and Russian parliament, relations between Armenia and Russia have become “stable and dynamic”.
A Russian soldier charged with deserting a military base in Gyumri and murdering a local seven-member Armenian family earlier this year will be tried by a Russian military court in Armenia, according to a visiting Russian lawmaker.
An opposition member was stabbed during a weekend rally in Armenia’s second largest city of Gyumri organized by a group seeking regime change.
Hrach Mirzoyan, an activist of the Founding Parliament group, was hospitalized shortly after an unknown knife-wielding man inflicted wounds on him on Saturday. Doctors said the injuries were not life-threatening.
Speculations about two former coalition partners getting back together were confirmed on Friday by the parliamentary leader of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) who said that they will enter the coalition if their seven-point demands addressed to the government are carried out.
The 88th General Assembly of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) begins its workings in Armenia today providing an additional platform for pan-Armenian consolidation and discussions aimed at the future ahead of the commemoration of the centenary of the Armenian Genocide.
While the non-governing forces in the Armenian parliament continue to discuss the matter of initiating a vote of no confidence in the government, speculation lingers on as to whether the opposition is, indeed, capable of taking that drastic step or it will continue to engage in imitating struggle and continuing its ‘flirting’ with the government.
A year after the presidential ballot in Armenia, the official runner-up, Heritage party leader Raffi Hovannisian says the country is in crisis and re-elected President Serzh Sargsyan is responsible.
After months of silence, on Tuesday, Hovannisian, presenting an annual national report, said that although a year passed since the elections, the post-election standoff has not receded for even a split second and that Armenia can overcome the current crisis only through pan-national consolidation.
The head of the Armenian government, much criticized over the past years which found its reflection also in the second president’s year-end interview, stated during the first cabinet meeting of 2014 that “a tense work awaits the government in the nearest future” and instructed the ministers to present the top priority issues and the annual plan to public, so that “in 2014 people get a chance to oversee the government activities by ministries and departments”.