While the new Armenian government is trying to attract investments to ensure the development of Armenia’s industry and the entire economy as a whole, the opposition is convinced that nothing will change since the way of governing the country and the head of state, President Serzh Sargsyan, remain unchanged.
The initiative of the government to make changes in a number of laws aimed at improving the business environment has been positively assessed by Armenian manufacturers, but negatively by several ministries.
The macroeconomic statistics posted for Armenia so far this year does not provide grounds for consistent economic development, since no changes are expected in the current political and economic model, according to an analyst.
Although Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan hinted of economic policy changes during his first week of appointment, political experts have not rushed to evaluate them, some saying they are mere public relations moves.
The public’s fight against the mandatory deduction component of the new law on pensions appears to have seen a small victory. The Government is preparing a project to release sanctions against employers who have failed to make salary deductions according to the law which the Constitutional Court has said does not meet constitutional standards.
Orinats Yerkir’s announcement made on Wednesday about pulling out of the coalition has little affect on the Republican Party of Armenia, however the move cannot but raise questions among the ruling party members.
While in Armenia measures are taken to ease Armenians’ situation from the Syrian community of Kesab, in Damascus, Syria, a new tragedy has occurred.
On Tuesday, some 60 college students and teachers were wounded when the Armenian Catholic Paros College was bombed by armed groups. Six students and three teachers of Armenian descent were wounded, according to information released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
While newly-appointed Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan is busy forming the new government with the freedom granted to him by President Serzh Sargsyan, his potential colleges don’t hurry to join the political majority.
Like it was months ago Armenia’s leading opposition or opposition-leaning forces have pronounced against the constitutional reform initiated by President Serzh Sargsyan as they regard it as more of a way for the current head of state to reproduce his power than transition to a more efficient system of government.