Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan has acknowledged the existence of multiple problems in the country’s energy sector, giving assurances, however, that his government has a plan for solutions.
Speaking at an economic forum in Yerevan on Tuesday, Abrahamyan said that a number of large companies in the sector, including the Electric Networks of Armenia, have accumulated debts, which, in his words, could led to irreparable losses.
Political figures appearing mainly at the backstage in the protests against rising electricity prices during the past several days marked by a rise in tensions have begun to show their attitude towards the developments in the so-called Electric Yerevan campaign.
Members of Armenia’s current administration, opposition as well as civil society these days have been careful to avoid “politicization” of the current protests against electricity price hikes.
But it appears to be clear to anyone, including the political elites, that there can only be a political solution to the current crisis.
Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan does not exclude that the rise in tensions at the Armenian-Azerbaijani border is conditioned by the end of the first European Games that were held in Baku on June 12-28.
The seventh night of protest on Baghramyan passed peacefully, following some tense hours when it seemed police might move in and disperse the crowd that gathered there in continued demonstration against a proposed electricity rate hike.
As of Monday noon there was no music and dances in Baghramyan Avenue anymore. Mistrust and suspiciousness towards people around have come to replace the cheerful mood that reigned in previous day. Instead, people were actively analyzing the current situation with each other.
Leading human rights activists have criticized police rhetoric during the night of standoff that saw protesters in downtown Yerevan split.
A number of protesters campaigning against rising electricity prices in Baghramyan Avenue moved to Liberty Square last night after the police announced that the protest participants “are breaking the rules of coexistence.”
After a week of their united struggle against rising electricity tariffs, President Serzh Sargsyan’s compromise plan and deployment of large police force in Baghramyan Avenue split the Electric Yerevan protesters into two groups.