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.

Heated Debate, Easy Passage: RPA-dominated parliament adopts electoral code

The ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) and its allies that dominate the Armenian National Assembly on Thursday ensured a first-reading passage of a new electoral bill that had earlier become a subject of heated discussions in and outside the legislature.

Go South: Armenia endorses visa-free regime with Iran

In a move expected to boost bilateral ties the Armenian government on Thursday endorsed the signing of an agreement with Iran on abolishing visas. The Islamic Republic is expected to do the same soon to clear the way for the deal that experts say will promote mutual visits.

Rethinking: Armenian PM calls for “speedy” reforms in wake of Karabakh hostilities

Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan has urged his Cabinet members to engage with the opposition and other “capable” forces to find solutions to expedite reforms in various sectors of political and public life in the country.

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.

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.

Spokesman: Kocharyan house incident “blown out of proportion”

A spokesman for Armenia’s second president Robert Kocharyan has downplayed the incident near the former leader’s house reported by the Armenian police.
Late on Friday the police said that an unknown assailant had thrown a hand grenade towards Kocharyan’s private residence in Yerevan and that an examination of the scene was underway.

Prez Sahakyan says incident with MP ‘direct blow against NKR statehood’

Nagorno Karabakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan has issued a statement, in which he described the incident in which an opposition lawmaker was beaten up a “direct blow against NKR’s statehood”.

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.

Good News: Killed Armenian serviceman’s wife gives birth to baby girl

The young widow of Hrach Galstyan, a 25-year-old senior lieutenant of Nagorno-Karabakh’s Defense Army who was killed in action a month ago, gave birth to a baby girl in her native city of Gyumri on Friday morning.

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