As part of his working visit to the Republic of Ireland, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan on Thursday evening met in Dublin with head of the European Parliament’s EU-Armenia Parliamentary Friendship Group Eleni Theocharous and Averof Neophytou, leader of one of Cyprus’ leading political forces, Democratic Rally Party.
The opposition Armenian National Congress (ANC) and its ally, People’s Party of Armenia, on Saturday staged their first public rally this year to commemorate the victims of the 2008 post-election unrest.
The events taking place these days in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, which is part of Ukraine, have no similarities with what happened in Nagorno-Karabakh, and that’s why it is impossible to draw parallels between these two things, said Yerevan-based Caucasus Institute Director Alexander Iskandaryan.
This week in parliament was marked by heated debates around the establishment of ad hoc bodies, in particular, an interim committee to look into the 2008 post-election violence proposed by the opposition Armenian National Congress (ANC).
Armenia’s authorities are conducting intensive negotiations with their Russian counterparts to ensure privileges for Armenian migrants facing the threat of deportation from Russia under amended immigration laws.
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan finds that “nothing has changed” in the relations between Armenia and the European Union. He presented this position at a meeting with Greece’s visiting parliament speaker, Vangelis Meimarakis.
This week Armenian lawmakers have been discussing the issue of establishing an ad hoc committee to look into the 2008 post-election violence. The draft law on that was developed by the opposition Armenian National Congress (ANC) faction still in 2013 and it was then that it was included in the parliament agenda. However, it was rejected by the majority Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) once it reached the parliament floor back then.
Yerevan and Moscow have agreed on grant aid to be allocated to the government of Armenia to ensure а transparent and smooth accession to the Customs Union, according to Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan said.
If you think Armenia’s brands are ancient khachkars (stone crosses), the biblical mount of Ararat, which is technically situated in modern-day Turkey, apricots, pomegranates, duduk or lavash, well, the company tasked with developing Armenia’s new country branding thinks you may be not quite right.
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”.