Newspaper: Who will replace Agramunt as PACE President? Whose candidacy is benef...
On the first day of the June session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), its regulations will change, and they will envision a special provision on dismissing Pedro Agramunt from the position of PACE President, according to 168 Zham (Hour) newspaper of Armenia.
“Given the fact that the PACE President’s quota currently belongs to the EPP [European People’s Party], the EPP will nominate its vice presidents, who are six in number, for the position of PA...
Zhamanak: Ex parliament official to be appointed ambassador
The paper says it has learned from sources that Hermine Naghdalyan, a former vice speaker of the National Assembly, is going to lay down her mandate in the near future to be appointed Armenia’s ambassador to Georgia.
Also, there are reportedly plans to appoint Ara Babloyan, the fourth candidate listed on the ruling Republican Party’s proportional representation ballot, ambassador in Switzerland.
Press Freedom Only Declines
“Union of Informed Citizens” stresses:
May 3 is the international day of press freedom but it seems that Armenia has not gained the right to celebrate it. Armenia’s press freedom has registered decline according to annual reports of two international research organizations published during the recent days. Decline according to “Reporters without Borders”
According to the 2017 World Press Freedom Index of “Reporters without Borders” international orga...
Zhamanak: Aznavour to step down as Armenia’s goodwill ambassador to Switzerland
World-famous singer and songwriter Charles Aznavour is no longer going to be Armenia’s goodwill ambassador to Switzerland and the UN Geneva Headquarters, the paper has learned.
Instead, Ara Babloyan, a former health minister elected to the National Assembly from the ruling Republican Party’s ballot, will be appointed to the post. The 70-year-old doctor, specializing in urological surgery, will thus quit his job to start a career in diplomacy, says the paper, citing its sources.
Haykakan Zhamanak: Karen Karapetyan unwilling to strike coalition deal with ARF-D
The paper says it has learned from sources that Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan is attempting to prevent the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) from signing a coalition agreement with the Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaksutyun (ARF-D).
The ministers representing the party (which won about 7% of votes on April 2 to be elected to parliament) won’t become acceptable to the premier, says the paper, adding that Karapetyan is focused especially on Artsvik Minasyan, the minister o...
168 Zham: Russia pursuing policy of retreat in Artsakh
In recent comments to the paper, Cengiz Aktar, a Turkish political scientist known for active role in the Armenian Genocide recognition campaign, commented on the Russia’s mediatory role in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process, highlighting a policy of retreat on the part of the country.
“The sides, especially Armenia, have to be vigilant to prevent Azerbaijan from profiting by the situation - as it did the case of the Russia-Turkey tension. Nobody expected a war before April last yea...
Zhoghovurd: Trade with neighbors has low share in Armenia’s foreign trade dynamics
Armenia’s trade with its immediate neighbors turns out to account for only 12%-13% of the country’s total foreign trade dynamics.
Citing recently released statistics, the paper says that the trade with Iran and Georgia, the country’s neighbors in the south and north, accounted respectively for 4.7% and 4.8% of the total foreign trade in March. As for Turkey, the trade with that country had only a 3.2% share. Turkey also turns out Armenia’s only neighbor with which the co...
Haykakan Zhamanak: Russia-Turkey thaw to deal major blow to Armenian businessmen
The negotiations, which Ankara recently launched with Moscow to consider steps for lifting sanctions, are expected to deal a major blow to Armenian manufacturers and re-exporters.
The domestic manufacturers, who increased their exports to the Russia over the past period, will sustain serious losses in case the plan (agreed between the two countries’ deputy prime ministers) to abolish the sanctions within the shortest possible timeframes is realized, the paper says, citing official reports...
Nagorno-Karabakh’s northern border in photos
Nagorno-Karabakh’s north today as featured in a photo set prepared by Hetq.am