Armenian authorities have stopped short of interpreting the statements of the ambassadors of the United States, Germany and the heads of diplomatic missions of a number of other European countries as interference in Armenia’s internal affairs regarding the controversial case involving a Yerevan-based think tank
The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of Armenia and the Armenian representative of the People in Need (PIN) organization signed a memorandum of understanding earlier this week to cooperate on a program promoting circular migration and reintegration processes in Armenia.
Speakers at last Friday’s rally in Yerevan staged by supporters of opposition leader Raffi Hovannisian proclaimed the civil movement against rigged elections to be a nationwide effort, referring to the support it purportedly gets from Karabakh and worldwide Armenian communities.
The Government of Armenia will sign a memorandum on cooperation with the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EurAsEC) in April, while initialing an Association Agreement with the European Union in November.
During a meeting with media representatives on March 18, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said: “Most probably in early April Armenia will be visited by the leader of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission, and the Government of Armenia will sign a memorandum of cooperation.” At the same time, he said that no one is forcing Armenia to join the Customs Union.
The establishment of an independent Kurdish state, or perhaps an ethnic supranational entity, is apparently becoming a reality. Notably, this entity is likely to be established also on some of the historical Armenian lands in what is known as Western Armenia (part of modern-day Turkey) today.
Opposition leader Raffi Hovannisian, who is challenging the official outcome of last month’s presidential election in Armenia, is threatening the European People’s Party (EPP) with a political scandal unless it disavows its chairman’s stance on the Armenian vote.
For the fourth time in the history of independent Armenia its Constitutional Court has rejected opposition claims of fraud in presidential elections.
Thursday’s verdict on the February 18, 2013 vote upheld President Serzh Sargsyan’s reelection, while the general situation with disputed ballots continues to do little to promote people’s confidence in electoral processes.
Today, March 11, marks the start of nominations in the May elections to the Yerevan City Council. The current ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) has declared its strong intention to retain power in the Armenian capital in the face of mounting challenge from its main rival in last year’s presidential election, Prosperous Armenia (PAP).
As a school girl I dreamed about my city one day becoming a really big capital to host presidents of foreign states, as well as ordinary tourists from abroad window shopping large local stores and dining at fancy local restaurants.