A spokesman for Armenia’s ruling party has dismissed assumptions that the decision by President Serzh Sargsyan to delay his opinion on the constitutional reform concept was conditioned by opposition pressure.
Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan on Monday was received by President of Iran Hassan Rouhani as part of his two-day official visit to the Islamic Republic.
According to the official website of the Armenian government, Abrahamyan said his official visit will contribute to boosting Armenian-Iranian economic ties and attracting new investments.
There are no political prisoners in Armenia, stated speaker of the Armenian parliament Galust Sahakyan when asked by reporters to comment on the outcome of the trial of protest leader Shant Harutyunyan and his supporters.
According to “You Won’t Pass”, a civil initiative against a planned constitutional reform, the effective delay of the concept of the amendments is a small civil victory. But they will not stop their campaign, a representative says.
Armenia’s economic indicators are still within the limits of the government projection, while Western sanctions against one of Armenia’s main partners, Russia, do not appear to have yet affected the key indicators of the South Caucasus nation’s economy, according to a statistical update released on Monday.
Icy road conditions are observed in some provinces in Armenia where light snow is also reported today.
According to the Ministry of Transport and Communications, as of 10 am October 20, it was slightly snowing in Vayk, Sisian, Goris, Kapan, Meghri and Vardenyants (Selim) Pass.
Observers do not exclude that the effective delay in the constitutional reform acknowledged by the government last week may actually mean that President Serzh Sargsyan is considering other options of ensuring his continued political future after leaving office in a few years’ time.
Justice Minister Hovhannes Manukyan has refused to comment on the sentences in the trial of protest leader Shant Harutyunyan and his supporters who were arrested and charged after November 5, 2013 clashes with police.
Representatives of Armenia’s leading opposition groups have accredited the apparent slowdown in the process of constitutional reform to their anti-government campaign that included a public rally attended by thousands of supporters in Yerevan last week.
A new statue has been installed in Yerevan, dedicated to journalists. The inscription on the wall says the statue represents "the image of a fearless and incorruptible person, who is dedicated to the country, freedom of expression and embodies the true history of free speech bearers beginning from the 1988 events."
Workers in Yerevan are washing the newly opened park located between Nalbandyan and Hanrapetutyan streets in the segment of Main Avenue. It has already become another favorite place for townspeople. Air temperature in the capital today is +25C (77F).