The Parliament has passed the Law “On tax exemptions for entrepreneurship in border village communities” in the first hearing, with which they will try to boost economic activity in those communities and improve business environment by exempting people from the main taxes, as a result there will be recorded about 30 billion AMD (about $7.3 million) revenues loss of the state budget.
This week on his two-day visit to Iran to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan discussed the new stage of development of economic relations with Armenia’s membership in the Eurasian Economic Union and partial deduction of sanctions realized by the West against Iran.
The trial of Shant Harutyunyan and his friends, which lasted for almost a year, ended last week in a verdict passed by a Yerevan court, which was followed by strong reaction from human rights activists and the opposition.
A plan to consolidate administration of communities into one administrative budget and staff has raised discontent among villagers and community leaders who fear the plan will only lead to a losing their jobs.
Another rumor circulating in the political backstage turned to be true when it was confirmed at Thursday’s government meeting that 41-year-old Territorial Administration Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Armen Gevorgyan tendered his resignation.
After the October 10 rally of the informal parliamentary minority bloc popularly known as “troika” discussions heated up in the internal political field of Armenia over the Heritage Party and its leader. There are opinions that Heritage has no actual role in the troika and merely provides the “+1” format.
Moscow is the living memory of the Soviet Union.
“Sovetski Soyuz”, “Bolshevik”, “Lenin Library”, numerous monuments devoted to various Soviet heroes… Unlike us, Armenians, they’ve loyally preserved every single piece of Soviet history.
The last stop of the provincial rallies organized by non-governing political forces was in Gyumri where once again representatives of the three parties criticized the government and called for a change of power and drastic reforms.
The city of Gyumri, which is in the northwest of Armenia, is considered to be an opposition stronghold and ruling parties almost never get many votes there. During the last two presidential elections opposition candidates won in Gyumri: in 2008 it was current Armenian National Congress (ANC) leader, first president of Armenia Levon Ter-Petrosyan, in 2013 it was opposition Heritage Party leader Raffi Hovannisian.
It has been a week now that an annual international performing art festival has kept Yerevan in a festive mood.
The 12th edition of High Fest held under the slogan of ‘Festival Mess’ is hosting 200 participants from 18 countries.