An advisory body of the Council of Europe has issued its preliminary opinion on the proposed Armenian constitutional amendments, criticizing the provision of a so-called “second round” in parliamentary elections aimed at forming a “stable majority”.
While more powers are expected to be given to local government bodies in Armenia under proposed constitutional amendments, the country’s main opposition parties still remain skeptical about their chances of winning races in communities where government-linked families usually hold sway.
Three ethnic Yezidi families have taken refuge in Armenia after leaving their homes in Iraqi Kurdistan close to the area controlled by Islamic State militants.
Activists gathering in the central square of the Armenian capital, Yerevan, this week are going to continue their protests against electricity price hikes that they originally planned to end on Thursday night.
“Zhamanak” asserts that if, according to the government, the economy is growing while large businesses start paying less in taxes, then it means that the “shadow” is increasing.
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Cars clogged roads in Armenia's capital on June 26 as protesters found new ways to express discontent over a planned rise in electricity rates. Ongoing demonstrations by thousands of protesters have blocked the avenue near the parliament and presidential residence. (RFE/RL's Armenian Service)
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