When placing seventh among 26 participants in the Eurovision Song Contest final on May 14, Armenia’s singer Iveta Mukuchyan scored a total of 249 points – more than twice as low as the Ukrainian winner of the competition (534).
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.
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.
A senior official of the Armenian Armed Forces Armaments Department has been arrested as part of a criminal probe conducted by Investigative Committee detectives.
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.
Robert Kocharyan, a former president of Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia, on Wednesday held a meeting with current Karabakh leader Bako Sahakyan to discuss the latest escalation in the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict zone.
As the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Inspector General (OIG), citing corrupt practices, has suspended 14 entities and individuals involved with humanitarian aid programs for Syria operating from Turkey, the Armenian Assembly of America (AAA) has urged U.S. Congress to aid Armenia that has given refugee to thousands fleeing Syria in recent years.
Scores of Armenians held a rally in central Yerevan on Wednesday to condemn the recent incident with Garo Paylan, a Turkish-Armenian lawmaker who claims to have suffered an ethnically motivated attack during a larger brawl in Turkey’s legislature earlier this month.
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.
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.