The Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) won in most of the local communities that went to the polls to elect their leaders on Sunday.
Candidates representing the ruling party managed to defeat their rivals in at least nine of the 14 races held in rural communities of Armenia’s Aragatsotn, Ararat, Armavir, Gegharkunik, Kotayk, Lori, Shirak and Vayots Dzor provinces, it emerged after the publication by the Central Electoral Commission of the preliminary results from the ballots on Monday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Against the opposition’s claims that there exists a gap between the rich and the poor in Armenia, Armenia’s most well-known sociologist said that actual poor in Armenia do not consider themselves poor and Armenia occupies primary ranks among the happiest countries in the world.
For the second week already people in Armenia’s southernmost Syunik province can purchase less expensive and, at the same time, heavier loaves of bread upon the order of the newly re-appointed governor, Surik Khachatryan. And while the province’s folks are content, representatives of political forces and political analysts see this move as a publicity stunt and violation of free market laws.
Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian on Thursday received the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs, Igor Popov (Russia) and Pierre Andrieu (France), and Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk, the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office. (The U.S. co-chair of the group, James Warlick did not arrive in the region this time because of “a family emergency”).
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).