The fact that Armenia was the first among CIS countries to adopt anti-corruption strategy still 11 years ago and in fact has completed two such strategies is no ground for the people to think that corruption in the country has decreased.
While Azerbaijan’s latest efforts to prevent a United Nations agency from recognizing Armenian lavash (flat bread) as intangible cultural heritage have failed, experts in Armenia believe further such resistance from the neighboring country can be expected in the future.
While the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) is skeptical about the success of the impeachment of opposition MP Nikol Pashinyan against President Serzh Sargsyan, there speculation in the political field that this bid will become a acid test to help distinguish “non-governing parties” from the real opposition.
The amendments to the Law on Funded Pensions in force since this July caused many young professors and scientists to quit their positions, and they hope that by December 25 the government will solve this problem at least for them.
The trio of opposition forces that was a “quartet” still not long ago gives assurances that it won’t turn into a duet soon. But the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) is skeptical about the opposition’s viability and future.
The gradual fall and then abrupt decline of the Armenian dram during the last few weeks has been acknowledged by the Central Bank (CB) as well, and the government and some experts consider this a positive impact on production with export potential, however, these developments also imply risks of inflation.
Armenia’s three non-governing parties making up an informal coalition known as “troika” have decided to give another chance to President Serzh Sargsyan, who recently urged the government to reconsider the opposition’s 12 demands.
The government-authored amendments to the legislation envisaging changes to regulations on maternity leave benefits that were passed in the first reading today again elicited mixed reactions from many MPs and civil rights advocating the rights of people who are supposed to be beneficiaries of the law.
Members of the three parties making up the so-called “non-governing” trio say their differences over strategies and terms of anti-government struggle do not prevent them from having a common agenda and calling a special session of parliament to discuss their proposal for amendments to Armenia’s Electoral Code.