Tigran Karapetovich leaving ALM for politics

“Rejoice everybody”, Kornelij Glas exclaims with sarcasm, “from 8th April, with the start of the electoral campaign Tigran Karapetovich is leaving the post of ALM director”. Some background is necessary to understand the sarcasm: Tigran Karapetyan is a controversial Armenian businessman, who established “A.L.M.- Holding” company back in 2000 and launched the nationwide ALM TV before the presidential/parliamentary elections 2003. The TV company is primarily geared towards the rural population of Armenia and the elderly people. The founder Tigran Karapetyan is also chairman of the People’s Party. Check the ArmeniaNow article for a lot more background.
Yet another note from Kornelij Glas is:

PNM (aka HHSh) will run for the elections under the slogan: “Open borders, eternal peace and intergration”. They intend to gain 20% of vote.

Strangely, I have the feeling, that Korneij is being sarcastic here again 🙂

Southern Avenue Protest

Via CRD / TI Armenia Election Monitor 2007:
[…]Following on from last weekend’s Flash Mob, the Center for Regional Development / Transparency International Armenia will be staging an action in cooperation with Sksel a.

On Sunday, March 25, 2007, Center for Regional Development/Transparency International Armenia, in cooperation with “Sksel a” initiative group, is organizing a joint action against illegalities in the field of urban development in Yerevan City.
There will be a photo exhibition at Komitas Monument (in front of Conservatory) at 1.00pm and a rally from there to Yerevan Municipality starting at 2.00pm (via Liberty Square, Tumanian Street, Mashtots Avenue, Amirian Street, Republic Square, V.Sargsian and Beirut Streets.
Representatives of citizens’ groups, NGOs, political parties, international organizations and media are invited to the event.
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More background on some of the issues surrounding new construction in central Yerevan can be foud in a recent post here.[…]
Bekaisa also carries the news about the event:

Next event is going to be this Sunday at 13:00 same place (Komitas statue) and be called “Southern Avenue” ;)), you know why :))
Poster, flyers and information on the way !

OSCE Office Supports Introduction of Community Policing In Armenia

Armenian Breaking News reports about the recent agreement signed by the OSCE Office in Yerevan and the Armenian Police which attempts to bring police closer to the public and increase citizens’ confidence in them:

Under the agreement, training sessions, coaching and other activities will be organized to raise Armenian police officers’ awareness about the Council of Europe’s Code of Police Ethics and human rights standards. The agreement also foresees the establishment of several Outreach Police Offices in the Arabkir district.

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