President Serzh Sarkisian has reached a “tentative” power-sharing agreement with the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) announced on Wednesday.
The Armenian authorities must finally agree to publicize the names of voters participating in elections in order to eliminate a key source of electoral fraud in the country, about two dozen civil society groups said on Wednesday.
The Russian military base in Armenia has been put on combat alert as part of its involvement in large-scale war games across southwestern Russia initiated by President Vladimir Putin amid continuing tensions with Turkey.
The government is poised to annul a second privatization of Armenia’s largest sports and concert arena just five months after approving its $30 million sale to an obscure private company.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” says that a further drop in international oil prices on Tuesday quickly put the Armenian dram under strong pressure, leading the Central Bank of Armenia (CBA) to sell more than $15 million in hard currency to prevent drastic exchange rate fluctuations.
RFE/RL Senior Editor and Russia analyst Brian Whitmore says western leaders are “no longer pretending, that this regime is in any way, shape or form respectable."
The European Union believes the planned negotiations with Armenia on a new comprehensive political and economic agreement will not be derailed by “a third party’s negative involvement”, according to a senior representative in Yerevan.
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