Election experts from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) have formally asked the pan-European body to monitor Armenia’s upcoming parliamentary elections after meeting with Armenian government officials, opposition politicians and civil society members.
The Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ), a New York-based international watchdog, demanded on Friday that authorities in Belarus “unconditionally” release an Israeli travel blogger who is facing extradition to Azerbaijan because of his visits to Nagorno-Karabakh.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that Prime Minister Karen Karapetian on Thursday instructed the Armenian ministries of finance, economy, agriculture, defense and health to submit within 20 days joint proposals on how to foster more manufacturing activity that would substitute for imports of many goods to Armenia.
A senior member of Raffi Hovannisian’s opposition Zharangutyun (Heritage) on Friday did not rule out the possibility of forming an electoral alliance with former Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian and former Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian.
Prime Minister Karen Karapetian assured on Friday senior foreign diplomats based in Yerevan that Armenia’s government is committed to holding democratic elections, combatting corruption and implementing far-reaching economic reforms.