December 25 is the deadline for young professors combining their teaching jobs at state-run universities with private sector positions to submit applications to refuse to be involved in new pension funds that became compulsory for all public sector workers this year.
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.