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.
Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan on Wednesday chaired consultations on the activities concerning Armenia’s accession to Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).
Heads of the working groups briefed the premier on the process of implementation of the roadmap and future steps, the government’s official website reports.
On October 15, Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian received Eric Fournier, Head of the Continental Europe Department of the French MFA who arrived in Yerevan to participate in consultations held between the two countries’ foreign ministries.
According to a ruling party member, after the three non-governing parties’ rally people made sure that the troika is not an alternative to the government, and the opposition movement is fading away.
The three non-governing forces, the Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP), the Armenian National Congress (ANC) and Heritage held their joint rally in Yerevan on October 10. It was attended by 16,000 people, according to police sources.
While the three non-governing parliamentary parties are preparing for their second autumn rally, the Civil Contract public-political union considers their tactic unacceptable. The group led by outspoken oppositionist Nikol Pashinyan has spoken out against both the government and the troika of opposition forces, speaking in favor of forming a “public agenda”.
The housing problem in the 1988 Spitak earthquake zone will be completely solved within two years, Armenia’s Minister of Urban Development Narek Sargsyan pledged during an international conference on capacity building in town planning, housing, energy efficiency and disaster risk reduction on Monday.
Even though on October 10 Armenia signed the membership agreement to the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, the profitability of this cooperation is still a topic of heated discussions in Armenia.
Candidate of Economic Sciences Vilen Khachatryan thinks that EEU membership has positive prospects for Armenia in terms of cooperation.
Large-scale drills with the participation of Russian troops, located in Armenia, will be held from October 13 to 19 at Kamhud and Alagyaz training facilities, the press service of the Russian Southern Military District has reported, according to RIA Novosti.
By signing the Treaty of Accession to the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), Armenia does not oppose itself to dialogue with the European Union and will continue this dialogue, President Serzh Sargsyan stated on Sunday.
“We have many common interests [with the EU],” the head of state said during a joint news briefing with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, who was on an official visit to Armenia.
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”.