2030 Agenda: Armenia says well on track in implementing UN Millennium Goals

Armenia has made significant progress within the framework of the implementation of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Project adopted in 2000, in particular, in terms of lowering the maternal and infant mortality rate, providing access to clean water, accessibility of education, said Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan speaking at today’s event in Yerevan dealing with relevant efforts in 2015.

Electoral Bill Passed: Government admits no broad consensus yet

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.

Dialogue Partner: Armenia gets status at Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s (SCO) Secretary General Rashid Alimov late last week signed a memorandum of understanding to give Armenia a “dialogue partner” status within the Organization.

Brainstorming: Government members, lawmakers discuss anti-corruption fight after PM’s initiative

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.

Analyst: No interest for Russia in all-out war in Karabakh

A full-blown war in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is not in the interest of Russia, which is preparing for another war, according to a Yerevan-based political analyst.
Sergey Shakaryants believes that Russia as well as another major regional player, Iran, are now more preoccupied with preparations for a likely war with Turkey.

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.

“Citizens Concerned…”: Pro-Europe activists in Armenia demand end to ties with Russia

A new initiative in Armenia called “Citizens Concerned with Disasters Threatening Armenia” is collecting signatures for a petition demanding that the authorities of Armenia give up cooperation with Russia and deepen their ties with European institutions.

Oskanian: Answers for mistakes, omissions should be demanded from authorities

Armenia’s former Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian, who plans to set up a political party soon, disagrees with the view of former president and current opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosyan that “now is not the time to accuse the authorities and try to hold them accountable for mistakes and failings.”

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.

Looking For Consensus: Government, opposition still divided over electoral bill

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.

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