On the eve of the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide political analysts and specialist in Turkish studies are assured that the world has long accepted the fact of the Armenian Genocide, though some countries still refuse to recognize it, because the agenda of the world – the international political rationality – demands so.
An old voice answers the knock at the door. “Come in.”
“Are you Khachik?” He answers the question, “I guess, that’s me, come in.”
Quietly sitting on an armchair in the corner of the room Khachik doesn’t ask questions, rather waits for being asked some. Collecting memories spread around like wheat grains he summons, reaches Musa mountain with his glance, sees his father’s house, the garden full of fig and olive trees and pronounces only a word, “Kebusie…”
Armenia’s second president Robert Kocharyan in his interview on his informal website 2nd.am says that the country doesn’t need constitutional reforms, and that major changes of the state governing model need certain guarantees, that “reforms aren’t directed to serve the interests of the ruling elite and won’t become its reproduction tool” to raise a new wave of discussions among the political elite.
Towards the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, vital changes are expected in the Armenian foreign policy regarding the cancellation of Armenian-Turkish protocols, about which the president hinted this week during a meeting at the Ministry of Defense.
On the threshold of Easter (April 20) no food shortage or price increase is expected in the Armenian market and local producers will supply the anticipated amount of 9-10 million eggs and 1200 tons of fish normally consumed during those days.
According to Armenia’s Constitution, the republic’s speaker of the house holds the second position of authority after the president, followed by the prime minister. The prime minister rules the executive body; the speaker, the legislative. The speaker succeeds the president.
The 13th prime minister of the second republic of Armenia Hovik Abrahamyan will shift from a legislative position to an executive, as an “old veteran” who had already served in the executive field various times before as a Minister of Territorial Administration, vice-PM, Governor of Ararat Province and Mayor of Artashat.
The little fish swimming carelessly in what used to be Soviet brand “Minsk” radio adapter, “Horizon” and “Elektron” TV sets are unaware of the Soviet biography of their new homes. Even the pages of Soviet-time “Vokrug Sveta” (Around the World) covering the radio set cannot orient them to the unusual origin of their surroundings.
The delay in the appointment of the 13th leader of Armenia’s chief executive body will keep mass media in tension for three more days, during which the contradictory variety of speculations and interpretations will continue. The postponement of the new prime minister’s appointment reveals still ongoing inner developments; the consultations with the oppositional party leaders the same day as the ruling Republican board meeting were not productive for either side, hence the search for “the golden middle” is still in process.
The news on the resignation of the prime minister of Armenia has turned to speculation over 13 potential candidates to lead the chief executive body, from the parliament speaker to VivaCell-MTS leader, from the second president of Armenia to the defense minister, from former Yerevan mayor to the chief of police.