The change of prime minister continues to remain the main subject of discussions in Armenia these days as political forces and pundits try to explain why the head of the government that led it for six years had to resign and what the appointment of the parliament speaker to the post will bring to the country.
A senior Russian diplomat has refrained from drawing “direct parallels” between the situations in Crimea and such conflict zones in the post-Soviet territories as Karabakh and Transdniestria.
Talking to Interfax news agency, Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Vasily Nebenzya said that there is an international format, the OSCE Minsk Group, that deals with the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement.
According to Armenia’s Constitution, the republic’s speaker of the house holds the second position of authority after the president, followed by the prime minister. The prime minister rules the executive body; the speaker, the legislative. The speaker succeeds the president.
One person was killed and another wounded Tuesday by landmine in the border village of Berdavan.
According to the Ministry of Defense, Rafik Mughdusyan, 56, was killed and Gabriel Babikyan, 49, was wounded while collecting forage. Babikyan was taken to Noyemberyan medical center for surgery.
An Armenian catholic school in Syrian capital Damascus has come under shelling, reports Armenia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on its Facebook account. One person was reportedly killed and about 60 wounded in the attack.
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.
A little girl in Yerevan got a floral crown as one of the symbols of Tsaghkazard, or Palm Sunday, which was celebrated by the Armenian Apostolic Church on April 13. The festival signals the start of the Holy Week before Easter. By tradition, people go to church, have willow branches blessed, light candles and say prayers.
A press conference was held at the center of the “Aleppo” patriotic charitable NGO in Yerevan Friday to show the process of collecting/distributing funds that have been collected for relief of Armenians in Kessab, Syria.
Former Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan, one of the ardent advocates of Armenia’s controversial pension reform, showed up at a protest of those campaigning against it in Yerevan on Wednesday. Sargsyan, who resigned on April 3, shortly after portions of the new law on funded pensions were recognized as unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court, offered to activists and supporters of the Dem.am civic initiative to have an indoor meeting at the Finance Ministry for discussing the pressing issues related to the reform.