Sargsyan condoles with Assad on Syrian carnage

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.

Panama Papers: Senior Armenian official resigns over offshore scandal

Mihran Poghosyan, the head of the Justice Ministry’s powerful Service of Mandatory Execution of Judicial Acts (SMEJA), has announced his resignation on Monday, explaining it by the appearance of his name in the recent global offshore scandal.

Utilities Regulator: Gas tariffs to be lowered from July 1

Armenia’s Public Services Regulatory Commission on Tuesday has decided that gas tariffs for households and industrial enterprises in the country will go down by about six and seven percent, respectively, beginning July 1.

Babayan’s Back: Former Karabakh strongman returns to Armenia after four-day war

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.

Eurovision Breakdown: Armenia gets highest points from Russia, gives back low score

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).

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.

Moot Point?: Proportional v Majoritarian debate goes on despite constitutional amendment

Armenia’s amended Constitution scraps the hitherto applied mixed system of electoral voting and parliamentary representation and replaces it with an all-proportional one, but debate over whether elements of the majoritarian system should be retained in the elections appears to continue in the country’s political circles.

Sargsyan in Kazakhstan for EEU summit after visiting Luxemburg

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan arrived in Kazakhstan on Tuesday to attend a meeting of the Supreme Council of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), his press service said.

AAA: U.S. aid should be given to Armenia for Syrian refugees

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.

Defense Ministry Spokesman: No mobilization in Armenia

A spokesman for Armenia’s Defense Ministry has denied media reports about planned mobilization in the country in connection with the situation at the borders with Azerbaijan and in Nagorno-Karabakh.

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