Nagorno Karabakh’s former powerful defense minister Samvel Babayan has returned to Armenia after spending several years abroad in de-facto political “exile” as a figure who had fallen out of favor with Armenia’s ruling elite.
The National Assembly has passed the new Electoral Code in the third and final reading today, with Chief of Government Staff David Harutyunyan admitting that there is still no broad consensus with the opposition on the set of electoral laws yet.
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has sent a telegram of condolences to his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad on a series of terror attacks that claimed the lives of numerous innocent people and resulted in many injuries in the Middle East country earlier this week.
Armenia’s law-enforcement authorities have confirmed the arrest of several people believed to be bodyguards of Armenia’s Transport Minister Gagik Beglaryan on charges of severely beating up other persons in an incident that happened earlier this month.
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.
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan on Friday received Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev who arrived in Armenia the previous night to attend a meeting of the Eurasian Economic Union’s (EEU) Intergovernmental Council in Yerevan to be also attended by the heads of government of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
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.
Assurances by the Armenian government about its determination to fight corruption do not appear yet to inspire opposition parties and representatives of civil society that this fight is going to be successful.
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.
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.