Electoral Bill Debate: Opposition faction suspends participation in parliamentary discussions

The discussions over the draft Electoral Code held among government, opposition and civil society representatives in the so-called 4+4+4 format, according to opposition members, ended without results. The opposition Armenian National Congress (ANC) party stated at the National Assembly on Monday that it suspended its participation in further discussions.

Looking for a Cause: Police find TNT trace in bus blast investigation; still no evidence of terrorism confirmed

Armenia’s police say they have found traces of the trinitrotoluene (TNT) explosive inside and near the Yerevan bus on which an explosion occurred last night killing two and injuring seven people.

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.

Media: Pope’s visit to Armenia likely to rile Turkey

International media predict the Pope’s upcoming trip to Armenia – and specifically his announcement of a visit to a memorial in capital Yerevan to the victims of the Ottoman-era genocide – will come as another blow for Turkey.

Speaking Diplomatically: Armenia rebukes Kazakhstan over EEU meeting postponement

Armenia implied it was pretty much concerned over Kazakhstan’s insufficient level of commitment as an ally in post-Soviet groupings as Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian met with his Kazakh counterpart’s deputy in Yerevan on Monday.

EEU Conference: Officials debate whether to boycott

Last week, it became known that a summit of the prime ministers of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) was being moved from Yerevan to Moscow, because of fighting in Nagorno Karabakh. The head of the Government of Kazakhstan proposed moving the meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council, eliciting a mixed reaction in Armenia and causing some officials to say Armenia should boycott.

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.

Turkey: Armenian lawmaker claims attack on ethnic grounds

Garo Paylan, a Turkish-Armenian legislator from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), says he was targeted in a brawl in the Turkish Parliament on Monday for being Armenian.

Co-Rapporteurs’ Visit: PACE officials address Karabakh escalation on Armenia trip

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.

Analysts: Regional conflict hurts Russia as well as Caucasus

Even 25 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Caucasus continues to be the hottest spot in the former Soviet territory, where ethnic clashes, manifestations of fostered hatred and enmity occur quite regularly. According to political analysts, dividing lines between the countries of the Caucasus are the result of powerful foreign players, each of which pursues their own interests in the region.

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