The Republican Party of Armenia will have to proceed with their government plan alone and take responsibility in case of errors, because four non-government-aligned parties, as well as Orinats Yerkir, have refused to participate.
Discussions of the new government’s program became a good occasion for the National Assembly’s minority factions to again focus on problems hindering the development of Armenia’s economy and slam government corruption.
The government’s new program is realistic, demanding and attentive. This is how Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan described the planned steps of his cabinet for the next three years while presenting them in parliament on Tuesday.
The Saturday afternoon shooting in the center of Yerevan involving a son-in-law of an influential lawmaker has caused more concerns in society about gun control issues, fueling more speculation about the “atmosphere of impunity” in the country.
Despite the 20 years of ceasefire agreement after the 1991-1994 Karabakh war regular demining work continues to be carried out, until today people die because mined areas still serve as protective means in conditions of an unresolved conflict in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.
No matter how much Armenia’s newly appointed prime minister and his government declare that equal conditions for the business environment will be applied from now on, experts and ordinary citizens continue to feel skeptical about the genuineness of the intention based on previous experience.
The world marks International Day of Families today, May 15. According to the current statistics, Armenia has more than 760,000 households where one or more families live. But most families in Armenia feel the brunt of social hardship and out-migration and domestic violence is not uncommon in the country either.
Summing up his first state visit to Armenia President Francois Hollande, of France, once again urged Turkey to recognize the Ottoman-era killings of Armenians as genocide as the only solution, but refrained from making any sharp statements on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and his visiting French counterpart Francois Hollande on Tuesday attended the ceremony of naming a park in central Yerevan after French national hero, renowned poet Missak Manouchian.