17:22 | July 20, 2018
In response to a Hetq inquiry during today’s press conference in Yerevan, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said that he raised the issue of Belarus selling its Polonaise multiple launch rocket system to Azerbaijan during a recent meeting he had with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko.
12:47 | July 19, 2018
Vanetsyan told Hetq that the NSS has amassed a large amount of new evidence regarding the illegally acquired finances of certain officials and that their names will be announced in the near future.
18:46 | July 18, 2018
Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, has gone without a mayor since July 9, when Taron Margaryan resigned from the post, and the issue regarding his replacement remains up in the air due to differing views on what the law on local self-governance states on the matter.
14:57 | July 13, 2018
Addressing a parliamentary working group tasked with reforming Armenia’s Electoral Code, Deputy Prime Minister Ararat Mirzoyan said it was vital for elections in the country to be free, fair and transparent so that nobody could dispute their legitimacy.
14:37 | July 11, 2018
If Armenia’s National Assembly approves a government introduced bill to make changes to the military draft law, those conscripts whose parents or siblings were killed during military operations could be freed from serving in the army if they are the family’s only child.
15:24 | July 10, 2018
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has thrown cold water on a proposal submitted by two Republican Party of Armenia MPs to set the income tax rate at 20% for those making more than AMD 500,000 a month, and 25% for those earning more than that.
17:57 | July 7, 2018
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has ordered an investigation to ascertain whether the claims presented to have military service waivers granted for the sons of present and past government officials are in fact legal and substantiated.
13:53 | July 6, 2018
According to a statement released by the Special Investigative Service, the man allegedly beaten by Babayan was Vyacheslav Harutyunyan, whose son won a world boxing championship for Armenia in 2012.
15:46 | July 4, 2018
Arguing that a modicum human dignity must be brought to prisons in the country, Armenian Prime Nikol Pashinyan backed a decision to allow certain inmates six lengthy and two short visits with family members per year.
12:48 | July 4, 2018
Artur Vanetsyan, Director of Armenia’s Special Investigative Service (SIS), told reporters today in Yerevan that an investigation will prove whether Hayastan All Armenian Fund Director Ara Vardanyan, arrested yesterday on embezzlement charges, actually returned the money he pilfered from the Fund, as he claims.
22:16 | July 3, 2018
Viktor Soghomonyan, who runs Kocharyan’s office, told Hetq that he hadn’t yet received any official notice from the SIS asking that Kocharyan voluntarily submit to being questioned on the matter.
15:56 | June 30, 2018
Opponents of a mandatory payment pension system in Armenia, set to take effect on July 1, have recently met with Armenian Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Maneh Tandilyan in a last- minute attempt to draft a series of modifications that would make the system more acceptable.
12:42 | June 28, 2018
Sasoun Khachatryan, the newly appointed head of Armenia’s Special Investigative Service (SIS), told reporters today that new information regarding the anti-government protests of March 1, 2008, in which ten people died, would soon be posted on the SIS website.
11:59 | June 28, 2018
“If somebody gets arrested in Armenia today, then there are sufficient grounds for that,” Armenian Police Chief Osipyan told reporters today, referring to the arrest of Nazik Amiryan, wife of MP Manvel Grigoryan.
16:29 | June 27, 2018
Earlier today, Yelk parliamentary faction head Davit Khazhakyan told reporters that Margaryan was ready to step down from the post after being elected by the municipal council in 2011.
14:13 | June 21, 2018
By a vote of 73-2, Armenia’s parliament today approved a government bill whereby all those subject to the pension system will pay 2.5% of their income and the government will kick in 7.5%.
14:17 | June 19, 2018
By a vote of 77 to 3, Armenia’s National Assembly today approved a motion to prosecute MP Manvel Grigoryan and keep him in pre-trial detention on charges of illegal arms possession and embezzlement.
20:25 | June 18, 2018
Armenia’s National Assembly will convene a special session tomorrow to vote whether or not to strip MP Manvel Grigoryan, arrested the other day on an illegal arms possession charge, of his immunity as a deputy.
16:13 | June 18, 2018
Regarding the large cache of weapons found in Grigoryan’s house, Hovhannisyan reminded reporters that an investigation was ongoing, adding however, that there were uncovered weapons that “could not be considered legitimate.”
12:01 | June 17, 2018
Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) Press Spokesman Edward Sharmazanov told Hetq that yesterday’s arrest of MP Manvel Grigoryan on illegal weapons charges was politically motivated and that the retired army general rejects the charges.
11:20 | June 13, 2018
June 12 marked the 25th anniversary of the death of Monte (Avo) Melkonian, a National Hero of Armenia and Artsakh and commander of the defense forces of the Martuni region of Artsakh.
12:45 | June 8, 2018
The Armenian government has decided to convene a special session of the parliament on June 19 to review a number of legislative bills, including “Alternative Military Service”, “Public education”, “Amendments to the Land Code”, Local Governance in Yerevan” and “A Bill on Benevolence”
15:21 | June 6, 2018
Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) Vice President Armen Ashotyan went out of his way today to convince reporters that even though his party no longer enjoys an absolute majority in the National Assembly it’s still a force to be reckoned with given it still controls the greatest number of seats when compared to the other factions.
17:28 | June 4, 2018
The issue was raised today at a parliamentary session reviewing the 2017 budget when Prosperous Armenia Party MP Naira Zohrabyan claimed that many people in Armenia have put their houses up as collateral for loans to pay off various traffic fines caught on speed cameras installed in spots where they can’t be seen.
17:55 | May 31, 2018
At a press briefing today at the Armenian parliament, newly appointed Minister of Nature Protection Erik Grigoryan flatly rejected the claim made by some that’s he represents the interests of Lydian Armenia, the 100% owned subsidiary of Lydian International which plans to operate the Amulsar gold mine
16:54 | May 28, 2018
At the Sardarapat Memorial outside Yerevan, former Armenian Minister of Defense Seyran Ohanyan told reporters covering celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the first Armenian republic, that one hundred years ago all sectors of the Armenian nation united and achieved victory; a victory that would serve as the basis for victories to come.
11:19 | May 24, 2018
At the government session today, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced that Gen. Lt. Movses Hakobyan, the chief of Armenian Armed Forces General Staff, would be replaced. The new chief will be presented to the staff tomorrow.
14:36 | May 15, 2018
Yelk MP Edmon Marukyan told the committee that he and Nikol Pashinyan (Armenia’s current prime minister and MP at the time) had called for Sargsyan’s release to due failing health.
10:04 | May 12, 2018
Simonyan, the chief editor of Ararat Magazine and araratnews.am, will represent Pashinyan’s Parliamentary District 4 (Yerevan’s Kentron, Nork-Marash, Erebuni and Nubarashen districts).
14:34 | May 11, 2018
“It’s not that I don’t want to work in Nikol Pashinyan’s government, but rather that I have no desire to continue on as minister,” Martirosyan told reporters after today’s government cabinet session.
13:32 | May 11, 2018
After his first government cabinet session today, Pashinyan told reporters about his plans to dismiss the Commander of the Armenian Police Troops since 2012, Deputy Chief of Armenian Police Levon Yeranosyan.
11:17 | May 11, 2018
Valery Osipyan, Armenia’s newly appointed police chief, told reporters today “that all are equal under the law in Armenia” and said he would resign today if anyone could prove that he’s ever abused his authority or used violence against anyone.
11:02 | May 10, 2018
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has written to President Armen Sarkissian calling for the dismissal of Armenia Police Chief Vladimir Gasparyan and National Security Service Chief Georgy Kutoyan.
11:06 | May 2, 2018
Armenian National Assembly was scheduled to start a regular four-day sittings today, but only 29 deputies have been registered - 28 from the ruling RPA party, and Vahe Enfiajyan, secretary of Tsarukyan faction.
20:31 | May 1, 2018
Political decisions are not taken in the midst of blackmail and ultimatums. The RPA has decided. We've accepted the victory of the people’s movement and agreed with the criticism voiced.
18:58 | May 1, 2018
“Rest assured that I do not say anything without justification,” Vardanyan said, adding that while he may not know the exact scope of what’s unfolding in Armenia, he cannot rule out the damaging consequences to the state.
13:20 | May 1, 2018
“Don’t stay home. Make your way to Republic Square. Choke of the streets and squares in other cities,” Pashinyan exhorted after addressing the parliament earlier today at a special session where deputies are set to vote for the country’s next prime minister.
12:51 | May 1, 2018
“Today, I have the honor of presenting the candidacy of Nikol Pashinyan, candidate of the people’s movement and nominated by the Yelk Alliance faction. Support has been declared by the Tsarukyan and ARF factions. The Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) has said it will not oppose the vote,” Mirzoyan said.
12:18 | April 30, 2018
After a meeting with Pashinyan today, Tsarukyan Alliance Faction Secretary Vahe Enfiajyan announced that their whole faction was going to vote in favor of Pashinyan's candidacy on May 1. MP Naira Zohrabyan added that absent MPs would convey to the Secretariat a certificate of their votes.
14:52 | April 26, 2018
Serzh Sargsyan resigned on April 23. Talks between Pashinyan and Karen Karapetyan, the country’s acting prime minister, have broken down, leaving Armenia in something of a political impasse.
22:36 | April 24, 2018
Civil Contract political party spokesman Tigran Avinyan says that tomorrow’s scheduled meeting between anti-government leader Nikol Pashinyan and Acting Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan has been cancelled since the two sides haven’t reached a consensus on the agenda.
19:32 | April 20, 2018
The fourth rally calling for the departure of Serzh Sargsyan as Armenia’s prime minister kicked off today with Yelk Alliance MP Nikol Pashinyan and his wife Anna Hakobyan welcoming the crowds with a shower of rose petals.
10:26 | April 19, 2018
Tirayr Muradyan, a reporter for the Informed Citizens’ Coalition NGO, has been hospitalized after being attacked by several people in civilian dress while taking photos outside Government Building #3.
20:12 | April 18, 2018
“Reject Serzh” initiative member Armen Grigoryan told a crowd of several thousand attending the second mass rally in Yerevan’s Republic Square that demonstrations opposed to yesterday’s election of Serzh Sargsyan as prime minister have taken place in Marseilles and Moscow.
16:44 | April 17, 2018
Serzh Sargsyan, Armenia’s ex-president on the verge of being elected its new prime minister, told voting National Assembly deputies that history would be the true judge of his tenure as the country’s leader.
10:54 | April 17, 2018
Those opposing Sargsyan’s nomination have gathered at the foot of Baghramyan Avenue. Their access to the National Assembly has been cut off by razor wire, armored personnel carriers and scores of police in riot gear.
16:29 | April 15, 2018
At a rally today in Yerevan’s France Square, anti-Serzh Sargsyan movement leader Nikol Pashinyan told the crowd that he was in high spirits after reading a Facebook post by musician Serj Tankian that reads “My heart and love goes out to all in Armenia who are struggling for a prosperous future.”
18:51 | April 13, 2018
There are an estimated 3,000 people gathered in Yerevan’s Liberty Square to hear Nikol Pashinyan and other speakers rail against the election of former Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan as the country’s next president.
12:38 | April 11, 2018
Two Yelk Alliance Faction MPs today lit smoke candles in the Armenian parliament and called on citizens to participate in a Yerevan rally scheduled for April 13 to prevent ex-Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan from becoming the country’s next prime minister.
16:30 | April 9, 2018
Factions in the country’s parliament now has seven days to nominate candidates for prime minister, after which an election will be held. The nominee garnering a majority of votes will assume the post of prime minister.
13:15 | April 5, 2018
The Armenian government today decided to allocate a one-third hectare piece of land worth 31.8 million drams to the community of Noyemberyan for the construction of a kindergarten and a shelter in the village of Baghanis.
14:18 | March 29, 2018
The valley, Armenia’s “bread basket” has been plagued with illegal water wells for years, mainly to service the large number of fish farms in the area, many owned by government officials and their close friends.
15:33 | March 23, 2018
Armenia’s National Assembly, by a vote of 63 to 26, today approved a package of bills that would prohibit reporters from attending Yerevan Municipal Council sessions and would make government cabinet sessions closed-door affairs.
16:14 | March 21, 2018
Responding to a query posed by Yelk Alliance MP Nikol Pashinyan regarding the state of Armenia’s energy sector and whether the system is on the verge of collapse, Minister of Energy Infrastructure and Natural Resources Ashot Manukyan said the country was in fairly good shape when it comes to energy production.
12:59 | March 20, 2018
Referring to an interview Serzh Sargsyan gave to Tert.am yesterday in which the outgoing Armenian president didn’t rule out becoming the country’s next prime minister, Yelk Alliance leader Nikol Pashinyan declared in parliament that, “I believe that Sargsyan wants to create a new form of government in Armenia and that it should be called a government of lies.”
13:16 | March 13, 2018
Tovmasyan, a legal specialist by profession, served as the Armenian Minister of Justice (2010-2013) and Parliamentary Chief of Staff (2014-2017) prior to his election to the National Assembly in April 2017.
13:22 | March 5, 2018
Armenian Minister of Justice Davit Harutyunyan believes that distributing several thousand dollars’ worth of salami and vodka, donated by anonymous donors, to ministry employees poses no corruption risk.
11:19 | March 1, 2018
The issue of Armen Sarkissian’s British citizenship was raised today in Armenia’s National Assembly just one day before legislators are scheduled to elect the country’s next president.
10:40 | March 1, 2018
Before getting down to business, Armenia’s National Assembly observed a minute of silence today in memory of the ten people who died during a wave of public protests that rocked Yerevan on March 1, 2008.
17:36 | February 28, 2018
During a Q&A period today at the Armenian parliament, Yelk Alliance MP Artak Zeynalyan cited a recent Hetq investigation of sour cream product and asked government representatives what was being done to protect the rights of consumers in light of the troubling findings.
19:24 | February 23, 2018
Pashinyan said that Robert Kocharian, the outgoing president at the time, shouldn’t be seen as the main culprit, and that Serzh Sargsyan shares a greater burden of the blame for March 2008 events.
17:19 | February 23, 2018
Kostanyan, who wasn’t the prosecutor general in March 2008, refereed to Article 55, Point 13 of Armenia’s Constitution giving the president the power to declare martial law and the use of the armed forces “in the event of an armed attack against the Republic, an imminent danger thereof or declaration of war.”
15:45 | February 23, 2018
The activist, who had originally been banned from entering the parliament and giving his address, told relatives of those killed during the unrest ten years ago that he was sorry that he and the other activists hadn’t been killed instead.
14:05 | February 23, 2018
Ten were killed and hundreds injured when police and army units were mobilized to crush public protests following the February 19, 2008 election, won by Serzh Sargsyan, that most in Armenia regarded as fraudulent.
16:14 | February 22, 2018
Armenia’s opposition Yelk Alliance says a clause in the country’s modified constitution allowing for the election of the next Armenian president by the National Assembly is unconstitutional.
22:22 | February 20, 2018
The Armenian National Congress (ANC) organized a rally today in Yerevan, replete with a photo exhibit and speeches, dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Karabakh Movement.
13:10 | February 16, 2018
Hrayr Tovmasyan, who chairs the Standing Committee on State and Legal Affairs and Protection of Human Rights in Armenia’s parliament, will renounce his membership in the ruling Republican Party of Armenia in order to qualify for appointment to the Constitutional Court.
12:48 | February 15, 2018
The Armenian government today decided to donate a 2013 Nissan X-Trail SUV, worth 15.777 million drams ($32,816) to the Ministry of Nature Protection so that it can carry out a pilot project designed to raise awareness of climate change throughout Armenia’s rural communities.
12:08 | February 9, 2018
The parliament also passed a package of bills dealing with the Civil Code, one of which will allow the courts to fine attorneys found in contempt of court. The vote was 59 to 25, with 10 abstentions.
17:02 | February 8, 2018
Minister of Transport, Communication and IT Vahan Martirosyan told MPs that since people drive on the right in Armenia, traffic regulations call for the steering wheel to be on the left side.
18:01 | February 7, 2018
At today’s Q&A session in the Armenian National Assembly, Yelk Alliance MP Maneh Tandilyan asked if the government was planning to impose sanctions on the Armenian mining company Vallex Group for sending most of its 1,215 employees working at the Teghout site in Lori Province on indefinite leave on January 12.
11:54 | February 6, 2018
Tsarukyan Alliance MPs will sign a petition floated by the Yelk Alliance calling for a special parliamentary session to discuss a recent spate of basic foodstuff price rises in Armenia.
20:02 | February 1, 2018
The Armenian government says it will provide free transportation for the only two pupils in a school, slated for closing in the Yezidi-populated community of Metzadzor, to attend classes in the neighboring village of Nerkin Bazmaberd.
16:08 | January 26, 2018
Does it make sense to keep a school open that has an enrollment of two? The Armenian government doesn’t think so, deciding to close the elementary school in the Yezidi- populated community of Metzadzor and have the two children transferred to a nearby school. The government says it can save AMD 13 million by doing so.
18:09 | January 17, 2018
In a verbal dig directed at Republican Party of Armenia MP Hakob Hakobyan, who had recently argued that poor people in Armenia wouldn’t be impacted by inflation because they eat potatoes, not luxury items, Yelk Alliance MP Nikol Pashinyan said that potato prices had soared.
17:34 | January 17, 2018
At a Q&A today in parliament with administration representatives, Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan brushed aside charges that consumer prices were spiraling out of control and pointed to Armenia’s neighbors to back up his claim.
11:39 | January 16, 2018
Gagik Tsarukyan, perhaps the richest man in Armenia and a deputy in the parliament, told reporters today that they were guilty of spreading falsehoods and were carrying out third party instructions.
17:40 | January 12, 2018
Hermineh Naghdalyan, a former deputy speaker of the Armenian parliament and member of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia, will now longer serve as a member of Armenia’s delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)
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20:27 | December 28, 2017
Georgi Mkhitaryan, an officer of the rescue service of Armenia’s Ministry of Emergency Situations, dreamt of becoming a pilot when he was a child. Georgi believes that the dream has somehow come true.
13:12 | December 28, 2017
At today's government session, the Armenian government approved the decision to make amendments to the Electoral Code of the Republic of Armenia and other related laws. Justice Minister Davit Harutyunyan presented the draft.
18:22 | December 25, 2017
Armenia’s Ministry of Transport, Communication and Information Technologies proposes to make amendments to the Law on Electronic Communications and to introduce caller location system for 911 and 1-02 service calls.
10:48 | December 8, 2017
The parliament also passed, by a vote of 73 to 12, the controversial “Prevention of Violence in the Family, Defense of the Rights of Those Subject to Violence in the Family, and the Restoration of Serenity in the Family” bill.
12:41 | December 6, 2017
Pashinyan argues that the current government had no interest in improving the lives of people in Armenia and to reduce poverty. Rather, he said that the government’s intent was to keep people so dependent on handouts that it could buy their votes for 10,000 drams.
13:37 | November 30, 2017
Armenian government approved the decision to make amendments to the Protocol On Making Amendments to the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Armenia and the Government of the Russian Federation on the Order of Price Generation for Natural Gas Delivery to the Republic of Armenia, Signed on December 2, 2013.
18:42 | November 29, 2017
Armenian Minister of Nature Protection Artzvik Minasyan reaffirmed to this reporter that those responsible for the killing of endangered griffon vultures in Armenia would be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
17:30 | November 27, 2017
Piotr Świtalski, Head of the European Union Delegation to Armenia, told reporters today that the EU would do its best to see that the recently signed Comprehensive and Enhanced Cooperation Agreement with Armenia is implemented and that it wasn’t time “to rest on our laurels”.
19:11 | November 24, 2017
Zara Amatuni, Head of Communications and Prevention Programs of the International Committee of the Red Cross Yerevan office, told Hetq that ICRC is ready to facilitate the transfer of the body of an Azerbaijani soldier found yesterday near an Armenian military position to Azerbaijan once an agreement has been reached by officials from the two sides.
16:49 | November 16, 2017
The Armenian parliament is now reviewing a bill that would extend a law by which those men 27 or older who never served in the military can pay a sum of money and have criminal proceedings against them dropped.
10:39 | November 15, 2017
The bill has stirred controversy, especially amongst a segment of university students, since it would do away with draft deferments for those pursuing a candidates of science degree.
16:07 | November 14, 2017
The bill, which has already been approved in committee, is now being debated before the full parliament. Hundreds of university students across Yerevan have taken to the street in protest.
17:02 | November 11, 2017
I have a position regarding the deferment matter. Deferments cannot be done away with. The government claims it will lessen corruption risks. So why don’t they deal with the corruption, rather than removing the deferments.
19:25 | November 10, 2017
A scheduled session of the Armenian National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Defense and Security today, to debate the adoption of two bills regarding military service and defense, had to be cancelled as not enough members showed up to constitute a quorum.
19:39 | October 31, 2017
Tsarukyan Alliance MP Sergey Bagratyan sounded a dire warning at today’s parliamentary hearing on Armenia’s 2018 estimated budget, saying that the country’s economy needed immediate fixing.
13:19 | October 31, 2017
At today’s parliamentary hearing on Armenia’s 2018 draft budget bill, Deputy Finance Minister Atom Janjoughazyan said that next year’s revenues are estimated to hit 1.307 trillion AMD (US$2.709 billion) and that 97% will derive from taxes and fees.
17:41 | October 30, 2017
There is no clear agreement on the place, date and format of the meeting of the Armenian and Azerbaijani Foreign Ministers yet, says Armenian foreign ministry spokesman Tigran Balayan.
13:05 | October 18, 2017
Levon Hayrapetyan, a Russian-Armenian benefactor serving a four-year sentence for swindling $700,000 from the mother of former Russian senator Igor V. Izmestiev, died today at the age of 68 in the Mordovia Maximum Security Prison.
15:43 | October 17, 2017
The Armenian National Assembly’s Standing Committee on European Integration is now debating two domestic violence bills that have sparked heated controversy and shouting matches between supporters and detractors.
14:15 | October 9, 2017
Naira Zohrabyan, a member of Armenia’s Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) delegation, reports that none of the candidates for the post of PACE President obtained a majority in the first round of voting today.
13:54 | October 5, 2017
Krist Maroukyan, a member of the Vanadzor Municipal Council representing the Lousavor Hayastan (Bright Armenia) faction, describes the expenditure as “having fun during the plague.”
13:54 | October 4, 2017
Pashinyan wanted to know if Russia would get involved if Armenia was attacked along its border with Azerbaijan as well as along its border with Turkey. Zakaryan only responded that the joint structure would work as a collective security system.
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