Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian discussed with other senior officials on Tuesday possible changes in Armenia’s new Tax Code which his government pushed through parliament in June over strong objections voiced by the opposition and some business leaders.
The Armenian National Congress (HAK), a major opposition party headed by former President Levon Ter-Petrosian, has spoken out against attempts to overthrow Armenia’s government through armed revolt, saying that they could only result in a “civil war.”
The recently established opposition political party led by Armenia’s former foreign minister Vartan Oskanian has declared a regime change as its main goal in the October 2 municipal elections in the country’s second and third largest cities, Gyumri and Vanadzor.
An opposition member of parliament in Nagorno-Karabakh, who was assaulted and beaten up in June over what he claims were his political activities, believes that the four men arrested in connection with the incident will be released soon as part of the amnesty declared by the internationally unrecognized republic’s ethnic Armenian authorities on the occasion of the approaching 25th anniversary of its declaration of independence.
A leading Armenian civic activist believes the government’s failure to honor its landmark deal with the opposition to introduce anti-fraud mechanisms in time for next year’s parliamentary elections will cause new strong disappointment of the West.