Sarkissian Finally Explains His EU Association U-Turn by Playing Naive

France -- Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan addresses the plenary session of PACE, Strasbourg, 02Oct2013

France — Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan addresses the plenary session of PACE, Strasbourg, 02Oct2013

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

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Google+ Hangout With Armenian Presidential Challenger Raffi Hovannisian

Armenia - Opposition leader Raffi Hovannisian is greeted by supporters in Yerevan's Liberty Square, 22Feb2013 | Photolur via Azatutyun.am

Armenia – Opposition leader Raffi Hovannisian is greeted by supporters in Yerevan’s Liberty Square, 22Feb2013 | Photolur via Azatutyun.am

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.

Armenian Civil Society Outraged by Obama’s Congratulation

Activists made protest action in front of the US Embassy in Armenia towards the congratulation by US President Barack Obama towards Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan

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

Obama Sticks A Price Tag on Sarkissian’s Congratulation Message

U.S. -- President Barack Obama (L) greets his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sarkisian at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC, 12Apr2010

U.S. — President Barack Obama (L) greets his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sarkisian at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC, 12Apr2010

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

Serj Tankian’s Letter to The President of Armenia

Armenian President Serzh Sarkissian and Armenian-American singer-songwriter Serj Tankian at a meeting, undated | Source: President.am

Armenian President Serzh Sarkissian and Armenian-American singer-songwriter Serj Tankian at a meeting, undated | Source: President.am

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