Lifetime prisoners at the Nubarashen penitentiary in Yerevan went on a hunger strike demanding that they cases are reconsidered.
Spokesperson of the Constitutional Court of Armenia Hovhanness Papikyan has refused to comment on the statements of Levon Zurabyan, the head of the Armenian National Congress faction in the Parliament, who claimed that Constitutional Court Chairman Gagik Haroutiunyan tried to bribe the Venice Commission to get a positive resolution on the draft Constitutional amendments.
A group of 20 shower stones at the building of the Armenian Patriarchate in Kumkap? neighborhood of Istanbul on October 10. According to Agos, Archbishop Aram Ateshian, General Vicar (Acting Patriarch) of the Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople, said the attackers have not been identified, though the Police arrived at the scene immediately after the incident.
Paid and free airtime for agitation and counter-agitation of Constitutional Reform will be provided 30 days before the December 6 Constitutional referendum, says Tigran Mukuchyan, the head of the Central Electoral Commission (CEC).
Ara Abrahamyan, President of the World Armenian Congress (WAC) and the Union of Armenians of Russia, intends to establish his own party and run for Parliament of Armenia in 2017, Abrahamyan said at the fifth session of the WAC in Moscow.
The 31st meeting of the International Organization of La Francophonie in Yerevan resulted in the adoption of a genocide prevention resolution among four others.
"The co-chairs will travel to the region later this month to meet the presidents and prepare for their next summit," James Warlick, the OSCE Minsk Group's US co-chair, exclusively told Trend. "We expect their meeting to advance the negotiation process and contribute to the stabilization of the security situation."
Before giving an estimate of the draft Constitution one should study it and present his/her point of view related to the Articles of the draft in order to receive corresponding answers, Chairman of the Constitutional Court Gagik Harutyunyan said at today's briefing, touching upon the Armenia's first and second presidents' negative comments on the Constitutional Reforms.
Armenia's Deputy Defense Minister David Tonoyan and French Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group Pierre Andre discussed the situation on Armenian- Azerbaijani border and on the line of contact of Karabakh-Azerbaijani troops.
Armenia's recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic will suspend Minsk process, former US Assistant Secretary for the South Caucasus, ex- ambassador to Azerbaijan, Director of the International Centre for Defence Studies in Tallinn, Matthew Bryza told Trend.
At today's meeting in Armenian Parliament, opposition MP Nikol Pashinyan recalled the accusations Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan made against businessman-parliamentarian Gagik Tsarukyan several months ago during the session of the Executive Body of the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA).
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan today held a phone conversation with President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation (RF) congratulating and sending him best wishes on the occasion of his birthday. The RA President also sent a congratulatory message to the RF President.
Along with the risks and threats connected with the national security problems, the Constitutional Reform in Armenia and the country's shift to the parliamentary system of government will give an opportunity to the external centers of power to seize the political space in Armenia, Hrachya Arzumanyan, the director of Ashkhar, the Stepanakert-based Center of Strategic Analysis, told ArmInfo.
Energy system of Armenia may face a collapse and another energy rate increase will not be the last, AshotYeghiazaryan, the economist, told ArmInfo. In his words, the electric power networks of Armenia "have become inefficient in view of their worn-out state. Solid investments in are needed in the field and the problem will not be settled just by selling ENA (Electric Networks of Armenia)."
Ambassador James Warlick, the lead U.S. negotiator in the Nagorno Karabakh peace process, has voiced the Obama Administration's support for common-sense measures, advanced by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY) and a growing number of their Congressional colleagues, to stop increased cease-fire violations along the Karabakh line of contact, ANCA reports.
The "No!" movement opposing the constitutional reforms in Armenia will hold a rally in Liberty Square on October 30, Arshak Musakhanyan, the movement coordinator, said at today's press conference in Yerevan.
During the upcoming session of the Political Council the Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP) will discuss the question of its "disobedient" MPs, who didn't attend the voting on the Constitutional Reforms, in spite of the Party's decision to support the draft reforms, PAP press secretary Vahan Babayan told Arminfo's correspondent.
When responding to the second president of Armenia Robert Kocharyan's remarks, Vice Speaker of Armenian Parliament Eduard Sharmazanov has commented on what Kocharyan did not say, Kocharyan's spokesman Viktor Soghomonyan has told ArmInfo.
"In his interview about the constitutional reforms, the second president of Armenia Robert Kocharyan expresses a noteworthy idea - "amid the absolute lack of intra-party democracy in Armenia, patronage governance will become inevitable evil, a source of standstill and a tool of retention of the evil system for the years to come." My question is - who founded that evil system and how to get rid of it without conducting reforms?" Vice Speaker of Armenian Parliament Eduard Sharmazanov told journalists when commenting on Robert Kocharyan's interview that criticizes the constitutional reforms.
Armenia needs no constitutional reforms, especially such radical ones, Robert Kocharyan, the second president of Armenia, has told 2rd.am.
OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs' proposals to set up mechanisms for investigation of incidents will hang in the air, Dr. Alexander Tsinker, Director of East European States & CIS Institute, President of the Israel-based International Expert Center for Electoral Systems (ICES), told journalists, when commenting on the possibility of creating mechanisms for the investigation of the incidents.
"Hopefully, the escalation of tension on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border and on the line of contact of the Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijani troops will not result in large-scale military operations among Armenia, Azerbaijan and Karabakh," Dr. Alexander Tsinker, President of the Israel-based International Expert Center for Electoral Systems (ICES), told journalists.
The Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) is dissatisfied with the OSCE Minsk Group's statements because they retain parity in responding to acts of aggression in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone, Vahram Baghdasaryan, Head of the RPA faction, has told ArmInfo.
"If the National Assembly approves the draft constitutional reforms, I call on Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan to exercise a veto," Levon Zurabyan, member of the Armenian National Congress faction, said near the Parliament building, when addressing the demonstrators protesting against the constitutional reforms.
Dispersal of the protest outside the parliament building is another display of hooliganism of Armenia's authorities, Levon Zurabyan, the head of the Armenian National Congress party faction, told ArmInfo's correspondent.
Parliament of Armenia passed draft amendments to the Constitution of Armenia with 104 votes today, on October 5. Ten parliamentarians - members of the Armenian National Congress Party, as well as Zaruhi Postanjyan from Heritage Party, and Tigran Urikhanyan from Prosperous Armenia Party voted against the document. Another thee parliamentarians - members of Orinats Yerkir Party - abstained from voting. The document was supported by the Republican Party of Armenia, Prosperous Armenia Party (previously it was against the reform), and ARFD. The other parliamentarians from the Prosperous Armenia Party who opposed the document boycotted the voting.
All those who think Russia is interested in the tension among the three parties to the Karabakh conflict should "disappoint" Russia with mutual concessions, the former co-chair of the OSCE MG, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Diplomats' Association, Vladimir Kazimirov, has told ArmInfo.
Situation outside the building of the Armenian National Assembly where the "NO!" movement is protesting against the Constitutional Reform is growing tense, as police and protesters clash from time to time.
Constitutional amendments of Armenia have been drafted in line with the Venice Commission recommendations and resolutions, President of the Venice Commission Gianni Buquicchio said in a message to the National Assembly of Armenia. Vice Speaker of the Armenian Parliament Eduard Sharmazanov read out the message at the Parliament meeting today.
Political decisions should determine the format of peacekeeping operations and the possible deployment of peacekeepers, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said at an international forum in Yerevan on October 5.
The number of ceasefire violations in the Karabakh conflict zone declined over the weekend, the press office of the Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Army reports.