The parliamentary faction of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) thwarted the special session called by the non-governmental forces during which bills about making changes to the RA law on “sales tax” and “organizing and implementing audits” were supposed to be discussed.
In Syunik the horizon ends with mountains climbing up to the sky. Winding roads to villages and towns resemble rivers. Once in a while the windings get interrupted by red-roof houses welded to the mountains and forests. The villages are tied to the green with a buckle.
The ‘hot political autumn’ promised by the non-governing forces was effectively launched from the town of Abovyan where three parliamentary minority parties warned of the start of what they described as a ‘velvet revolution’ without bloodshed and shocks, which they intend to carry out with the help of peaceful and confident pressure of the people.
His Holiness Aram I, the Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia created ground for discussions in political and social platforms with his statement that the Great House of Cilicia will soon initiate legal claims against the Turkish Constitutional Court with a demand to regain ownership over their historic center, the Sis Catholicosate.
The fire burning and heating 99 pots is struggling against the pouring rain and blowing wind. The energy of the fire shapes up like smoke and mingles with the food bubbling in the pots. The smoke tears the eyes of the men watching the pots but they endure. The flavor of cooking lamb fills the air. By dawn half a ton of wheat would have got mixed up with 600 kilograms of meat.
Trade volumes between Armenia and Iran have decreased, due, experts say, to sanctions imposed on Iran over its development of nuclear weapons.
On November 24, 2013, Iran met the “Six” (Russia, the USA, China, France, Great Britain, Germany) in Geneva where they agreed upon Iran actually cutting down its nuclear program, expecting a more complete agreement. The Geneva agreement was put to practice on January 20. Iran was obliged to cut down works realized within its nuclear program, in response economic sanctions against the country have gradually been loosened.
The appointment of a governor of Syunik, who is likely to be the former governor again, has caused a tide of debate within the political and social circles of the country.
Last week the ex-governor of Syunik, Vahe Hakobyan, was sacked from the position of a governor by the government decision and was appointed head of the State Water Resources Management Committee. At a meeting with reporters Hakobyan said it was not an unexpected resignation.
During the first week of the four day Parliament sitting period opposition MPs criticized the parliament process, explaining that the government does not allow them to properly study the law while trying to urgent pass bills.
While news about the atrocities committed against ethnic Armenians in Ottoman Turkey in the dying years of the Empire still reached societies living to the West of the Bosporus in the form of various scattered reports, it took more time for the world to see a more integral picture of what many governments and historians would later call the first genocide of the 20th century.