The leader of the Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP) believes that the cooperation of non-governing parties and their joint rallies change the atmosphere in the country. In an interview with Zham.am, Gagik Tsarukyan said that the authorities see the dissatisfaction of the people and, hopefully, understand that “old methods and steps will quickly lead them to an impasse.”
The trial of two citizens of Azerbaijan who have been accused of committing acts of sabotage, including the killing of an Armenian teen, after illegally crossing the border into Karabakh last summer, is due to open in Stepanakert today.
A change of government is not a solution to the numerous problems that Armenia is facing today, a senior member of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) said over the weekend, reacting to the calls that were made by opposition leaders at a rally on Friday.
Gagik Tsarukyan, the leader of the opposition-leaning Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP), has called for leadership and politics of new quality as he addressed on Friday evening another well-attended rally in Yerevan’s Liberty Square organized by the informal coalition of three parliamentary minority parties.
The concept of constitutional amendments in Armenia will pass on to the stage of political discussions in the time to come, President Serzh Sargsyan said in a message addressed to the participants of an international conference in Yerevan dealing with constitutional justice.
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has given an interview to The New York Times, in which he, among other things, also addressed the issue of genocides.
“We believe that the whole of mankind should be consistent in the recognition, condemnation and exclusion of denialism of this crime of crimes,” Sragsyan said in the interview published in the NYT along with a four-page insert on the history of Armenia.
Politicians and experts in Armenia and Azerbaijan do not talk much about specific expectations from the meeting of the leaders of their countries planned to be held in Paris, France, on October 27, but there is a general opinion that this fresh round of talks on the protracted Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement is a French attempt to keep the communication channel open between the conflicting parties.
Armenians will have to take their warm jackets out of wardrobes earlier than usual this autumn as cold arctic air masses are about to invade the country.
Minister of Emergency Situations Armen Yeritsyan said at a Cabinet meeting on Thursday that Siberian cyclones will penetrate Armenia on October 26 and already on October 27 a sharp drop in air temperatures is expected.
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan on Thursday received German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who was on an official visit to Armenia.
According to the official website of the Armenian president, Sargsyan welcomed the top German diplomat and noted that Germany is Armenia’s friend and major partner, and frequent mutual visits and contacts at different levels are “a good impetus to the development of interstate relations”.
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”.