4+4+4 Outcome: Government, opposition, civil society talks on electoral bill end amid mixed assessments

The government says at least two of the proposals of the opposition and civil society will be included in the draft election code, which is set to be submitted to the National Assembly this week. However, the opposition says this does not meet its expectations.

Kocharyan House “Attack” Case: 32-y-o taxi driver confesses to grenade-throwing

The Armenian Police have announced the arrest of a man who allegedly threw a training hand-grenade in the direction of former president Robert Kocharyan’s house late last week.

According to the official report, Hovhannes Muradyan, 32, was traced and found at his apartment in Yerevan from where he was taken to a police station and interrogated.

Paylan Case: Armenians voice concern over attack on Turkish-Armenian lawmaker

The recent attack on an ethnic Armenian member of the Turkish parliament has sparked an outcry in Armenia and its Diaspora, with many seeing it as another manifestation of racism and xenophobia in Turkey.

Echmiadzin: Pope’s visit to Armenia “message of peace”

The upcoming visit of Pope Francis to Armenia is a message of peace to the region as well as to the world, says the Very Rev. Fr. Shahe Ananian, who is in charge of interchurch relations at the Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin.

Pashinyan: Every single opposition vote “kept” in Hrazdan election

A leader of a recently established opposition party says they have managed to “keep” all votes cast for their candidate in Sunday’s mayoral elections in a provincial town. Yet, the incumbent mayor from the ruling party has still won in the election marred by allegations of vote buying and fraud.

UN chief supports Minsk Group for Karabakh settlement

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the importance of a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, expressing his full support to the activities of the OSCE Minsk Group as he had a phone conversation with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan on Saturday.

Yerevan condemns bombardment of Armenian quarters in Aleppo

Official Yerevan has strongly condemned the continuing bombardment of Armenian-populated quarters of Aleppo, Syria, carried out by armed groups, Foreign Ministry spokesman Tigran Balayan said on Sunday.

Ex-deputy premier gets job at senior security post

Armenia’s former deputy prime minister and minister of territorial administration Armen Gevorgyan has been appointed secretary of the National Security Council by a corresponding order issued by President Serzh Sargsyan today.

Vatican, Echmiadzin Confirm: Pope’s visit to Armenia set for June

Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, will pay a visit to Armenia at the end of June, the Vatican and Echmiadzin announced over the weekend.

4+4+4: Opposition, government still divided over electoral bill

The parliamentary elections of 2017 will continue with frauds, as provisions proposed by the opposition and civil society representatives during the 4+4+4 format were not accepted, says Deputy Director of the Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center Sona Ayvazyan.

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