Matter of Trust: Oppositionist says government can regain people’s confidence with real reform

Most people in Armenia do not trust the government and the authorities in general even if they declare about measures to fight corruption and other vicious practices because of their track record of going back on promises in the past, an oppositionist says.

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.

Sargsyan: Development of Armenian-Chinese relations among priorities

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan described consistent development of “centuries-old friendly relations between Armenia and China” as a top foreign policy priority for Armenia as he received a delegation led by First Vice Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, member of the Standing Committee of the Central Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Zhang Gaoli on June 6.

Dismissed: Sargsyan relieves three generals of senior army positions

In a move apparently conditioned by recent hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh and related public criticism, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan on Tuesday signed decrees relieving three senior army officials of their duties.

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.

War Games: Armenian armed forces simulate episodes of April clashes in Karabakh

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bus Explosion: Prosecutor rules out terrorism

Armenia’s Prosecutor-General’s Office has rejected a terrorist act theory in last night’s bus explosion that left two people killed and seven injured in capital Yerevan.

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