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.

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.

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.

Azeri woman crosses into Armenia, ICRC alerted

Armenian special services are currently checking the circumstances under which an Azeri woman crossed into Armenia from Azerbaijan on Tuesday.

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.

“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.

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).

Heated Debate, Easy Passage: RPA-dominated parliament adopts electoral code

The ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) and its allies that dominate the Armenian National Assembly on Thursday ensured a first-reading passage of a new electoral bill that had earlier become a subject of heated discussions in and outside the legislature.

Beaten MP: I won’t leave Karabakh

Hayk Khanumyan, the head of the opposition National Rebirth faction in the Nagorno Karabakh Republic’s National Assembly and chairman of the party, has been beaten up and was hospitalized in capital Stepanakert.

Conspicuous by Presence: Armenia attends EEU summit moved from Yerevan amid Karabakh crisis

Despite what appeared to be a public demand to boycott a summit of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), whose venue was moved from Yerevan to Moscow amid tensions in the Karabakh conflict zone, Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan on Wednesday took part in the gathering on April 13.