Although the World Health Organization (WHO) does not consider Armenia to be a “target” for Ebola, a deadly virus spreading at a fast pace in the world today, Armenian health officials say they have already taken the necessary steps to prevent its penetration and contain its spread in the event of its penetration.
Already on August 5, upon the order of the minister of health, the Ministry’s specialists visited the regions and conducted trainings with a large number of professionals to provide more information related to Ebola, its diagnosis and further steps, head of the Ministry’s Division of Epidemiology Liana Torosyan told ArmeniaNow.
While the president-attached constitutional reform commission intends to unveil the concept of changes in the country’s basic law on October 15, the part of the society that finds such changes unnecessary says “You Won’t Pass” and forms a civil initiative.
Beginning Monday a series of public rallies is expected to disrupt life in cities across Armenia, in opposition to a new system of sales tax.
The Armenian Government, meanwhile, says it does not see the need for changes to the law.
The Armenian government, with a day’s delay from the set deadline – on October 1 evening, reacted to the parliamentary minority forces’ 12-point demands, considering “the importance of the issue that has a broad public resonance”.
“In particular, some of the issues mentioned in the [quartet’s] announcement were discussed by the government’s initiative in spring and were already implemented in June,” the executive stated.
On International Day of Elderly Wednesday, officials reported that more than 400,000 elderly residents of Armenia live in unsatisfactory conditions.
UN Population Fund executive representative Gagik Hayrapetyan says that Armenia is on the top of the list of the countries with aging populations.
Citing challenges facing the country’s economy, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has lowered Armenia’s GDP growth forecast from 4.3 to 2.6 percent.
Mark Horton, the head of the IMF Armenia mission, said on Tuesday: “Armenia is facing a challenging period ahead with the developments in the region and with the uncertainties around the sanctions [against Russia].” He said the Armenian government should seek to offset the unfavorable external factors with major structural reforms implemented “as decisively as possible.”
Armenia's Deputy Minister of Economy Ara Petrosyan said Tuesday that poverty in Armenia must be solved by decreasing unemployment and increasing wages at the same time, while relying on social pensions may have a negative effect.
The three non-governmental political parties hoping to garner public support in an October 10 mass rally, say that people of Armenia are desperate, but ready for a fight.
Heritage, Prosperous Armenia (PAP) and Armenian National Congress (ANC) parties have held 4 of the 8 planned provincial meetings in Abovyan, Hrazdan, Sisian and Kapan. According to organizers claims, those who want to participate in the meetings meet governmental obstacles.
The decision made at the Thursday session of the government to return former controversial Syunik governor Surik Khachatryan to the position was taken negatively by civil society representatives. Some have even labeled it as a move by President Serzh Sargsyan aimed at ensuring his continued power through rigged elections as opposition and civil society representatives claim Syunik is the province of Armenia where electoral fraud has been committed on a particularly large scale. Yet, some public figures have a positive attitude towards the latest reappointment.
Hundreds of small and medium-sized business owners in Armenia continued their protest in front of the government building today, complaining against the changes in the tax legislation that they claim will make their lives harder.
The matter concerns the reduction of the sales tax from 3.5 to 1 percent, but entrepreneurs say it is additional conditions, including regarding documentation, that they are concerned about.