Four people were arrested in connection with the assassination attempt of Syunik’s governor Surik Khachatryan, who is known as one of the most controversial politicians in Armenia. Ara Budaghyan whose brother Avetik Budaghyan in June 2013 was killed in the shootout in front of Surik Khachatryan’s private house in Goris, is also among the arrested.
While protests against electricity price hikes still continue in Yerevan some of their former coordinators have decided to march from Liberty Square to Baghramyan Avenue and join the protesters this time not as leaders but just as ordinary citizens.
The Armenian Police on Monday dismantled a barricade made of dozens of trash containers that electricity price hike protesters have used to block central Baghramyan Avenue in Yerevan for nearly two weeks.
On July 5 Armenia marked the 20th anniversary of adopting its Constitution. President Serzh Sargsyan used the occasion to reaffirm his administration’s intention to carry out constitutional reforms in the country.
In his message on the occasion of Constitution Day, Sargsyan, in particular, stated that “progress in public life requires adequate constitutional developments.”
Protesters in downtown Yerevan have announced the start of “decisive steps” in their nearly two-week standoff with the authorities over electricity price hikes.
David Sanasaryan, a coordinator of the protest in central Baghramyan Avenue, again listed the three demands to President Serzh Sargsyan as he spoke to activists and supporters Saturday night: to revoke the decision of the Public Services Regulatory Commission to raise electricity prices by over 16 percent; to punish the police officers who ordered and committed violence against protesters and journalists on June 23; to revise the current electricity tariffs towards lowering them.
This year the number of students applying for Armenian universities has decreased. A total of 11,803 entrants have applied on the first stage of the admission program, which is by 500 people fewer than the previous year. Private universities, meanwhile, have about 50 fewer applicants.
Light breaks through the window glass, creeping into the house of grandma Sarayi providing the old woman with light and sometimes even with warmth. It allows her to save monthly from the pennies the State today pays her as a pension for her hard work in the past. The woman says she gets barely enough to withstand price hikes.
The harvest of apricots has been launched in the village of Yervandashat in Armenia’s central Armavir province. Students of three scholarship programs of the Fund for Armenian Relief have joined in the apricot harvest, helping dried fruit producers.