Armenian President Serzh Sarkissian used the opportunity to make a speech during the plenary session of PACE to finally give some sort of an explanation about his decision to join the Russia-led Customs Union effectively blocking the way to the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement and the EU Association agreement that came with it. Continue reading “Sarkissian Finally Explains His EU Association U-Turn by Playing Naive”
On April 9, incumbent Serzh Sarkisian will be sworn in for another term as president of Armenia.
As that happens, Sarkisian’s bested rival, Raffi Hovannisian, will be taking part in his own inauguration — the “inauguration of a new Armenia,” as he says. It’s unclear exactly what the event will be, but the timing is almost certainly no accident.
Hovannisian disputes the results of the February 18 election. He lost to Sarkisian by roughly 20 points, according to official results. He recently ended a two-week hunger strike that he had been holding to protest the election results and demand electoral reforms.
RFE/RL’s Armenian Service (Radio Azatutyun) discussed all of these issues and more with Hovannisian in an exclusive Google+ Hangout on the evening of April 7.
Watch a recording of the talk below.
A group of human rights activists, among them recipients of US State Department’s Universal Rights Awards, staged a protest-action in front of the US Embassy in Yerevan to express outrage over US President Barack Obama’s congratulatory message to the Armenian President Serzh Sarkissian for his reelection. Continue reading “Armenian Civil Society Outraged by Obama's Congratulation”
Armenian President Serzh Sarkissian received congratulatory message from the President of the USA Barack Obama on his reelection, amid doubts about the election process voiced by international observers and human rights watchdogs. Continue reading “Obama Sticks A Price Tag on Sarkissian's Congratulation Message”
Grammy-winning singer/song writer Serj Tankian has sent an open letter to Serzh Sarkissian, expressing doubts that the incumbent president has indeed won in February 18th Presidential elections and calling for the de facto Armenian leader to institute genuine rule of law in the country, punish those, who stole the vote from the people, dissolve the parliament, ensure that genuinely free and fair elections are held and that the government is truly representational. Find the full letter below. Continue reading “Serj Tankian's Letter to The President of Armenia”
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan publicly and demonstratively rebuked Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan (no relation) and senior government officials for misusing budget money in state procurement on Saturday during a meeting with the Cabinet.
Continue reading “Serzh Sargsyan Rebukes Seniour Government Officials”
Looks like Armenia is more or less content with the outcome of the parliamentary elections that took place on May 6.
Continue reading “Armenia Seems Content With Its Elections”
In what seems to be a carefully choreographed performance ahead of this Sunday’s parliamentary elections, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan ordered the removal of kiosks assembled in a park in central Yerevan. In doing so, Sargsyan ended the 80-day standoff between the municipality and environmental activists. Continue reading “Mashtots Saga Ends in A Controversial Win for Civil Activists”
It turns out, that the vice president of Corporate Marketing and Strategic Alliances for Synopsis Rich Goldman is an avid tweetterer and has been twitting photos from the official dinner Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan gave to honor Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who was in Armenia to receive a presidential award. Continue reading “A Mobile Look at A Presidential Dinner”
Armenian President Serzh Sargsian replaced the Head of Police Alik Sargsian with Deputy Defence Minister Vladimir Gasparian.
Continue reading “The "Right Type of Manager" Appointed as Chief of Armenia's Police”