(Saturday, July 7)
Lragir.am comments on the Armenian government’s failure to implement a poverty reduction program launched in 2008. Under that document, the official poverty rate in the country was to fall to 14 percent in 2012, 10 percent in 2015 and only 6.8 percent in the 2021. Poverty in Armenia has actually risen since then, currently standing at 36 percent, up from 26 percent in 20-8.
In an interview with Tert.am, Petros Makeyan, the leader of a small opposition party aligned in the Armenian National Congress (HAK), comments on the decision by yet another prominent opposition figure, Davit Shahnazarian, to leave the opposition alliance. “If the HAK quickly reacts and correctly evaluates the situation, then it can stop this exodus of political forces and individuals from the HAK,” warns Makeyan. “Davit Shahnazarian’s departure was a serious blow because with his experience and capabilities he was a serious, potent force. But you can’t say that it was the final blow to the HAK.”
Commenting on the issue, Galust Sahakian, a deputy chairman of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), tells Aravot.am he has long warned that “people will increasingly be disillusioned with the HAK and leave it.” “Davit Shahnazarian is one of them and it doesn’t matter that he is one of the eminent HAK figures,” says Sahakian. “When a political team constantly suffers defeats people will increasingly leave that team and that team will be dissolved little by little. That is natural.”
Civilnet.am reports that Armenia’s Armavia national airline has almost doubled the price of tickets for its renewed flights to Syria. Flying to Aleppo from Yerevan on Armavia now costs 237,000 drams ($570). “There is a war in Syria … and that means that the future of one our oldest and most influential Diaspora communities is in danger,” the publication writes. It condemns the price hike and accuses the Armenian government of being indifferent to the fate of the Syrian Armenians.