Taking advantage of dramatic fluctuations of currency exchange rates in recent days some Armenian businessmen increased prices of basic foodstuffs and other essentials that fueled concerns and even created some panic among citizens.
Within a week prices for some goods increased by 40 percent, leading to some panic buying at places where prices were not raised and making some stores set limits on purchases of basic foodstuffs like sugar, flour, butter, etc. People compared the situation with the early 1990s when bread and butter were rationed and available to buyers only by ration coupons.
On Tuesday evening at an extraordinary meeting the Parliament’s Armenian Revolutionary Federation’s (ARF) and Republican Party’s (RPA) factions adopted a statement condemning violence against opposition Armenian National Congress (ANC) MP Aram Manukyn and Karabakh war veterans; 71 MPs voted for it.
The special parliamentary session opened with a boycott of four parliamentary factions – the Armenian National Congress (ANC), Heritage, the Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP) and Orinats Yerkir, which demanded that before moving on to other questions of the agenda they discuss the fact of ANC MP Aram Manukyan’s attack case, also occurrences of violence in the country during the recent days.
Police in Armenia are looking for clues to identify the person who attacked and beat up an opposition lawmaker in front of his house Thursday evening.
Aram Manukyan, a senior member of the opposition Armenian National Congress (ANC), was confronted by an unknown assailant as he was returning home at around 8 pm.
The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Human Rights Defense and Public Affairs held Parliamentary hearings regarding the implementation by Armenia of the PACE’s Resolution 1900 ‘Defining Political Prisoner’, during which the opposition criticized the government.
Another meeting of the Armenian-Russian Friendship Parliamentary Club took place in Yerevan. This time it was called “Armenian Membership in Eurasian Economic Union (EEU): Reaction to Global Challenges”.
Next spring the ‘Old Yerevan’ project which includes 30 historical-cultural buildings on Yerevan’s main avenue’s and Abovyan, Pavstos Byuzand, Eznik Koghbatsi and Arami Street sections will be introduced to the Armenian public.
A total of 350 alumni that graduated from Armenian orphanages in different years are in the housing waiting list for several years already, while their turn never comes. Leaving the institutions they face the problem of homelessness and numerous social hardships being left without control. After they turn 18 they continue living in orphanages, at their relatives’ places or in some NGOs. Annually their number grows by another 35.
While the Armenian lawmakers are discussing the question of the country’s membership in the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), civil society representatives claim that Armenia’s membership process will eventually fail because of absence of common principles and interests.