Not Cool. Serzh Sargsyan Confirms Plans To Stay in Power

Armenia -- President Serzh Sargsyan makes a speach during Republican Party Convention, Yerevan, 10Mar2012

If anyone had any doubts, Serzh Sargsyan gave the clearest signal so far about his intentions to stay in power after his second presidential term expires on April 9th. Continue reading

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Armenian opposition group under fire: 7 arson attacks, 1 assault in 24 hours

Armenia -- A car belonging to a member of PreParliament burnt down in an arson attack, Yerevan, 27Nov2014

Armenia — A car belonging to a member of PreParliament burnt down in an arson attack, Yerevan, 27Nov2014

A small but vocal anti-government movement called PreParliament announced today that 7 cars belonging to its supporters have been set on fire yesterday and today. Continue reading

“Natural Born Killer” Kocharian Is Back

Armenia -- Screenshot of the funny twit by Twitter user Robert Kocharian, Yerevan, 14Jan2014

Armenia — Screenshot of the funny tweet by Twitter user Robert Kocharian, Yerevan, 14Jan2014

The tweet from Twitter account Robert Kocharian with the about line indicating “Natural Born Killer” made my day today. It was funny, I admit. But that was the only funny thing today. Continue reading

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.

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