The first army corps of Armenia’s armed forces on Sunday conducted reinforced regiment drills during which some of the episodes of last month’s hostilities in Nagorno Karabakh were simulated.
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.
Armenia’s opposition groups reacted mostly with skepticism to Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan’s “revolutionary” call for speedy reforms in various spheres of Armenia’s political and public life, casting doubts that rhetoric will be followed by real action.
This week, Alan Meale and Giuseppe Galati, co-rapporteurs on Armenia of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Monitoring Committee, during their visit to the country, met the President, Prime Minister and a number of senior officials to discuss Armenia’s democratic and legislative development processes, as well as issues linked with the April four-day war in Nagorno Karabakh.
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.
A working group has been formed to assess the needs and social problems of families of servicemen who died as a result of a four-day war in Nagorno-Karabakh in early April, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Artem Asatryan told Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan during a cabinet meeting today.
Armenian special services are currently checking the circumstances under which an Azeri woman crossed into Armenia from Azerbaijan on Tuesday.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said accusations levied by Turkey against German lawmakers of Turkish origin after its parliament passed a resolution declaring the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces a genocide were incomprehensible.
Armenia’s amended Constitution scraps the hitherto applied mixed system of electoral voting and parliamentary representation and replaces it with an all-proportional one, but debate over whether elements of the majoritarian system should be retained in the elections appears to continue in the country’s political circles.
Armenian parliamentary forces continued to discuss the draft electoral code that was passed in the first reading late last month amid claims by the opposition about lack of consensus. Representatives of the authorities, meanwhile, assured the opposition that discussions could also proceed between the second and third reading votes based on opposition proposals to achieve consensus.