Parliamentary Election Monitor

“Elections in Armenia are usually overshadowed by incidents of violence such as the stabbing of an opposition campaign manager during the 2003 Presidential Election, and sometimes — as was the case in the village of Shahumian during the last parliamentary election or in Nor Hajn during the 2005 local election — even killings. Recently, an internal spat in an opposition party resulted in physical attacks, and RFE/RL reports that a brawl has been reported between…

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Kornelij's Election Leaflet #5

Kornelij Glas has issued yet another election leaflet, summerizing key political developments over the past two week: There is a degree of calm-down in the political processes – it looks as though the political parties are getting ready for the official start of campaigning. The greatest degree of activity is observed from the side of “Aylyntranq” aka “Impeachment”, but the rally activity is coming to a halt. The last rally had about 100-200 participants (I’m…

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Iran-Armenia gas pipeline and other developments in the Armenian economy

“Iran plans to deliver 1.1 billion cubic meters of natural gas to Armenia this year through the pipeline, the volume rising to 1.5 billion in 2013 and 2.3 …” Armenia reports, while Hyelog republishes a more detailed article from the Earth Times: Twenty-five miles of the 90-mile pipeline have been built. In the first stage, 300 million to 400 million cubic meters of gas will be transported. Eventually, the pipeline will be able to pump…

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Sksel e — Flash Mob

Sksel e Flash Mob, Yerevan, Republic of Armenia © Onnik Krikorian, CRD / TI Armenia 2007 CRD / TI Armenia Election Monitor 2007 reports about the Flash Mob event organized by the group of young civil activists as announced earlier here. […]Standing at the corner of each intersection leading into the roundabout opposite Yerevan’s Opera House, as well as circling the grassy area in its center, each participant stood with a newspaper reading separate articles…

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Aylyntranq rally on March 16th

CRD / TI Armenian Election Monitor 2007 has an account of Aylyntranq rally held on March 16th, 2007 on Matenadaran square: Today saw another rally held by the Aylentrank (Alternative) movement outside the Matenadaran in Yerevan. The meeting attracted only a few hundred people and was much less than the already small gathering attracted for its first open air meeting held in Liberty Square on 20 February. A1 Plus was one of only a few…

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Exhausted Politics and Politicians of Armenia

“There is still two months to go before the parliamentary elections, but it is already clear, that the political landscape of Armenia is already exhausted. Although there were public unrests as a result of past elections, still the political landscape didn’t register any qualitative growth. On the contrary, the processes underway in 2003-2004 led to a decomposition of the opposition and exclusion of the society from public life, which could be clearly seen in the…

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Notes from the Armenian Blogosphere

The Armenian and English versions of the CRD / TI Armenia Eleciton Monitor 2007 blog have published their notes on the Armenian Blogosphere, the Armenian version dealing with Russian and Armenian language blogs, and the English version speaking about the English language blogs. Here are some extracts from both language versions: Korneilj Glas – better known as analyst Samvel Martirosyan, is pointing at his article published on the “Human rights in Armenia” web site. The…

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The wife of "Shoushi" batallion's ex-commander hurt in a car accident

Via Uzogh: The wife of “Shoushi” batallion’s ex-commander Jirair Sefilyan – Nanor Barseghyan has been hurt as a result of a car accident. On the 17th of March the car in which Nanor Barseghyan was seating, was hit from behind by another car on one of Yerevan avenues, as a result of which the first car collided with the car from opposite line. Luckily there were no victims, and Nanor Barseghyan, having broken her wrist,…

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Charles Aznavour hospitalized

Via Uzogh, PanarmenianNet: World famous French chanson singer Charles Aznavour is hospitalized in Paris, reported RIA Novosti providing with a reference to report by “Le Parisien” newspaper. There is no mention in the short message about the source of information and why and where the 82-year old chanson singer was hospitalized. http://lenta.ru/news/2007/03/17/aznavur/

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Questions about the Armenian economy

There is some impressive growth in the Armenian economy, the Armenian Economist (of course 🙂 ) says: […]Armenia’s economy has grown at double digit rates over the past five years. Construction activity accounted for much of the recent growth in the economy (see recent post). Changes in the underlying trend in construction activity and its composition over the past decade, however, may foretell further growth and expansion in the economy.[…] However, there are questions the…

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