“Zhoghovurd” reports that Armenia’s public debt continued to rise in 2017, reaching $6.77 billion in December.
The opposition Yelk alliance rallied hundreds of supporters in Yerevan on Friday to protest against recent increases in the prices of fuel and some foodstuffs which it blames on government policies.
Armenia’s second largest parliamentary force led by businessman Gagik Tsarukian was in no rush to endorse on Friday a presidential candidate nominated by the outgoing President Serzh Sarkisian’s Republican Party (HHK).
Armenia’s economy grew by around 6.7 percent last year after stagnating in 2016, the Finance Ministry said on Friday.
President Serzh Sarkisian officially confirmed on Friday that he wants a former Armenian prime minister currently serving as Armenia’s ambassador to Britain to succeed him as head of state in April.
“Aravot” comments on the criteria for the choice of Armenia’s next president which were laid out by President Serzh Sarkisian earlier this week.
The foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan reportedly agreed on Thursday to expand an international mission monitoring the ceasefire regime along the Nagorno-Karabakh “line of contact” and the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.
The Armenian government approved on Thursday more than 1.3 billion drams ($2.8 million) in funding for a range of anti-corruption measures which it said will be taken this year.
The ruling Republican Party (HHK) on Thursday pointedly declined to deny reports that Armen Sarkissian, a former Armenian prime minister who has lived in Britain for nearly three decades, will become Armenia’s next president.
“Aravot” reports that Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian and his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov will meet again in the Polish city of Krakow on Thursday.
Prime Minister Karen Karapetian played down recent increases in the prices of fuel and some foodstuffs in Armenia on Wednesday, insisting that inflation has remained low in the past year amid faster economic growth.
The National Assembly voted unanimously on Wednesday to raise the minimum gambling age in Armenia and introduce much heavier fines for casinos and bookmakers failing to enforce it.