The Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) won in most of the local communities that went to the polls to elect their leaders on Sunday.
Candidates representing the ruling party managed to defeat their rivals in at least nine of the 14 races held in rural communities of Armenia’s Aragatsotn, Ararat, Armavir, Gegharkunik, Kotayk, Lori, Shirak and Vayots Dzor provinces, it emerged after the publication by the Central Electoral Commission of the preliminary results from the ballots on Monday.
Icy road conditions are observed in some provinces in Armenia where light snow is also reported today.
According to the Ministry of Transport and Communications, as of 10 am October 20, it was slightly snowing in Vayk, Sisian, Goris, Kapan, Meghri and Vardenyants (Selim) Pass.
Representatives of Armenia’s leading opposition groups have accredited the apparent slowdown in the process of constitutional reform to their anti-government campaign that included a public rally attended by thousands of supporters in Yerevan last week.
Another rumor circulating in the political backstage turned to be true when it was confirmed at Thursday’s government meeting that 41-year-old Territorial Administration Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Armen Gevorgyan tendered his resignation.
The first Armenian-Polish joint military production venture opened in the town of Charentsavan on Thursday.
Established on the basis of the former Charentsavan machine tool plant, the joint venture called Lubawa-Armenia will repair and modernize production facilities and produce camouflage.
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan on Thursday received students and pupils who have won 2014 Presidential Awards in the IT sector.
According to the presidential press service, during the ceremony held in the Presidential Palace, Sargsyan presented awards to 26 students from 5 universities and 16 pupils from 8 senior schools.
After the October 10 rally of the informal parliamentary minority bloc popularly known as “troika” discussions heated up in the internal political field of Armenia over the Heritage Party and its leader. There are opinions that Heritage has no actual role in the troika and merely provides the “+1” format.
Armen Gevorgyan, who has occupied different government positions since 1997, has resigned as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Territorial Administration.
The announcement made at a regular government session on Thursday came after days of speculation that Gevorgyan, 41, would quit his job.
Despite mostly positive conclusions from international organizations, such as the Venice Commission that considers Armenia’s planned constitutional amendments “valuable” and having a “reliable basis”, most of the country’s opposition forces are up in arms against the reform.
A street in the Armenian capital of Yerevan will be named after Henri Verneuil, a prominent French-Armenian playwright and film director (1920-2002), who also made one of the most famous movies about the 1915 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”.