Another “redevelopment” scandal is emerging in Yerevan as residents of a city center area protest plans for new controversial construction that will result in their being evicted from their current homes.
Artists in Armenia again debate on whether the state needs to change its coat of arms and national anthem. Some claim the current national symbols are not consistent with the nation’s spirit and its rich historical past.
Toward the centennial of the Genocide Armenian, the National Archive director says that their primary problem is the publication of corresponding documents, at the same time adding that National Archive materials are open for everyone, as well as for Turkish historians and reporters.
Discussions of the bill about the governance crisis continued in the National Assembly on Tuesday, resulting in mutual accusations and insults between government and opposition MPs as well as within the opposition itself.
The first parliament session after the “truce” concluded by two major Armenian political parties – the ruling Republican Party of Armenian (RPA) and its top challenger, the Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP) – took place against the background of a PAP boycott and included a vote on an opposition lawmaker’s motion to impeach President Serzh Sargsyan.
Results of the observation of the activities of the 6th session of the National Assembly show that the legislative body of the country works at only 50 percent of its capacity, with half of the MPs being ‘silent’ and not attending meetings, while many other MPs attend the meetings only from time to time. Sometimes procedures defined by law are broken, and agendas of special meetings remain overloaded, results of a study released on Thursday show.
Although on February 16 the Armenian president turned to the National Assembly in order to withdraw the Armenia-Turkey Protocols, official Ankara announced that as before they remain committed to the Protocols signed in October 2009 in Zurich between the two nations with the aim of normalizing their bilateral relations.
Internal political tensions in Armenia may have subsided a little as President Serzh Sargsyan and Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP) leader Gagik Tsarukyan reportedly met on Tuesday to end their “war”, but the debate about “lack of political debate” appears to be only starting.