“Hraparak” reports that parliament speaker Hovik Abrahamian’s son Argam and the children of several other Armenian officials and government-linked businesspeople are set to receive doctoral degrees in law from Yerevan State University. The paper portrays this as another proof of a serious decline in educational standards in Armenia. It finds symbolic the fact that their area of specialization is law, “the most underdeveloped field in the country.”
“Hraparak” also reports that President Serzh Sarkisian will begin on Wednesday a visit to the Czech Republic. The paper notes that this is Sarkisian’s first official trip to a European Union member state since the collapse of Armenia’s planned Association Agreement with the EU last fall. “That explains the impressive composition of his delegation: Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, Economy Minister Vahram Avanesian, Diaspora Minister Hranush Hakobian, Environment Minister Aram Harutiunian, deputy parliament speaker Eduard Sharmazanov and Vayots Dzor Governor Edgar Ghazarian,” it says.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports on the decision by the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) to accept the credentials of its Armenian delegation that no longer comprises Zaruhi Postanjian, an outspoken opposition deputy who angered the Armenian authorities after attacking President Serzh Sarkisian on the PACE floor in October. The paper says that Postanjian’s controversial removal from the delegation was questioned on Monday by a PACE member representing Latvia.