The emergence of an independent judiciary widely trusted by citizens is vital for the democratization of Armenia’s political system, the head of the European Union Delegation in Yerevan, Piotr Switalski, said on Monday.
The Armenian government will lose public trust and its credibility abroad unless it makes changes in the new Electoral Code demanded by the opposition, a leader of the Armenian National Congress (HAK) claimed over the weekend.
Armenia’s total public debt has continued to grow this year and now stands at $5.25 billion, a figure equivalent to around half of the country’s Gross Domestic Product in 2015, government figures show.
Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian has ordered the Armenian government to reduce “corruption risks” in its handling of state procurements which has been repeatedly criticized by the country’s leading anti-graft watchdog.
“Zhoghovurd” carries an editorial dedicated to Republic Day, the 98th anniversary of the declaration of a short-lived independent Armenian republic which is marked in Armenia on May 28 as a public holiday.
James Warlick, the U.S. co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, told Azatutyun.am that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will try to cement the shaky ceasefire around Nagorno-Karabakh when they co-host talks between Armenia’s and Azerbaijan’s presidents.
The march kicked off in Yerevan's Freedom square with burning of Turkish and Azerbaijani flags. The procession went through downtown Yerevan and concluded at the eternal fire of Tsitsernakabert, the Armenian Genocide Memorial.
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