On October 15 Russian President Vladimir Putin will travel to Turkey where he is expected to sign a number of important agreements, and then, together with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan he will arrive in Baku for the summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization, which is also expected to result in the signing of important documents, possibly trilateral ones.
Armenia’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP) MP Vartan Oskanian made a remarkable entry on his Facebook account after the parliamentary majority voted to strip him of his parliamentary immunity and allow his prosecution on embezzlement charges.
With Armenian lawmakers poised to strip ex-Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian of his current parliamentary immunity following a request from the attorney general, speculation is on that ‘money laundering’ or other charges the prosecutors are going to bring against a senior member of the Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP) may serve political purposes and even have to do with some personal relations.
Against the background of Armenia’s activating its European integration processes and Russia’s increasingly demanding Armenia’s accession to the Eurasian Union, Brussels has decided to move from promises to action.
Head of the Sociometer Sociological Center Aharon Adibekyan for the first time on Tuesday spoke about the likelihood of Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP) leader Gagik Tsarukyan being fielded as a single opposition candidate. Despite the fact that Tsarukyan calls his party an alternative rather than an opposition, support for the PAP candidate from other opposition forces, in particular, from the main opposition bloc, Armenian National Congress (ANC), is not excluded.
The start of nominations in the February 2013 presidential election will begin in Armenia in about a month, but the possible candidates are still mostly vague on their plans, maintaining the intrigue till the last moment. This is true for both the government and the opposition, which leads some analysts to conclude that in next year’s presidential campaign incumbent President Serzh Sargsyan may remain without serious competition.
By the end of September Armenia will make the first humanitarian airlift to Syria, member of the Bureau of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF, Dashnaktsutyun), MP Vahan Hovhannisyan announced on Tuesday. Many organizations in Armenia and Karabakh have expressed their willingness to help, he added.
Social networks over the past weekend were actively discussing information about a government meeting where President Serzh Sargsyan sharply criticized the government and made some serious accusations.
The head of the Control Service under the President, Hovhannes Hovsepyan, presented the results of audits in the system of procurement during which the service concluded that serious violations are committed in the sphere. In particular, state agencies squander budget money by holding non-transparent tenders and buying goods at prices higher than elsewhere in the market.
What looked like a pro-forma statement from the United States Embassy in Yerevan reminding U.S. citizens “to maintain a high level of vigilance and good situational awareness in light of recent attacks on U.S. missions in Egypt and Libya” did not go down well with some members of the Armenian public who consider their Christian country a place free from radical Islamic manifestations.