The courts of different districts in capital Yerevan continue to hear a number of cases on electoral violations that allegedly took place during the constitutional referendum on December 6. Almost all of these cases are being examined in speedy court hearings. Opposition members complain that no particular judicial inquest is conducted, which would make it possible to find out why violations were committed, who ordered them and who paid for bribing schemes.
According to the National Statistical Service (NSS), in Armenia, generally 1.1 million people are employed. Most job seekers are women: more than 70 percent of people registered in the State Employment Agency are women of different ages. One in four young people is registered with the State Employment Agency.
The Dolmama, a popular restaurant in the center of capital Yerevan, is located in one of the 19th-century buildings of the city. In 2013, the area where the restaurant is located was designated for redevelopment and it appeared on the brink of being taken down.
According to the new Constitution, a candidate for new ombudsperson, of whom there is going to be only one, will be named to parliament by the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on State and Legal Affairs. This decision is criticized by members of the parliamentary opposition, who say that more than one candidate should be made to create competition and provide an alternative during the vote.
In the Armavir province, which borders on capital Yerevan, a rise of the unemployment rate has been registered during recent years. Along with it the number of seasonal labor migrants has also increased. The former industrial center, which was full of many industrial enterprises, needs mainly service sector employees, such as vendors, cooks, bakers and operators.
The extension of the school winter break due to the recent H1N1 swine flu virus outbreak may come at a cost, some educationalists believe. But officials in charge of education affairs give assurances that the forced quarantine to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases that have already killed 18 people will not affect the quality of the educational process due to planned additional arrangements.
The formation of a new governing coalition has effectively started in Armenia after the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun, ARF) entered talks with the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) on the matter.
The H1N1 swine flu virus that has killed as many as 18 people in Armenia in recent weeks has raised the issue of better vaccination practices, leading healthcare officials to consider purchasing additional quantities of the vaccine.
The opposition New Armenia movement plans to resume its rallies in Yerevan’s Liberty Square later this week, expecting that the forces making up the campaign will engage in discussions of its next steps.