Armenian lawmakers on Thursday voted unanimously to set a stricter criminal punishment for offering people various enticements to vote for a particular candidate, party or programs with the offer of cash or somehow else during elections and referendums.
“Hraparak” writes in its editorial: “Campaigning in Yerevan municipal elections will kick off on September 10 and will last 12 days, which is too short a period for candidates to duly present themselves to voters. Perhaps, this is the reason why the political parties and groups running in the elections have already begun to openly campaign despite the fact that this is a gross violation of the law.”
Aram Orbelian, a lawyer representing the interests of former Armenian president Robert Kocharian, has described yesterday’s decision by the Special Investigative Service (SIS) not to allow his client to leave Armenia pending investigation as illegal.
Washington’s view remains that “there has been a need for a thorough and fair investigation into the events of March 2008,” United States Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills said on Wednesday, commenting on recent developments in the probe concerning deadly post-election violence that took place in Armenia a decade ago.
A Dubai-based investment company has filed a lawsuit with the International Court of Arbitration, demanding that the Armenian government pay it compensation in the amount of $160 million related to the planned construction of an Armenia-Iran railway.
Armenia’s Special Investigative Service (SIS) has officially prohibited former Armenian President Robert Kocharian from traveling abroad pending investigation into a criminal case in which coup charges have been brought against him.
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian sees no political implications behind Russian President Vladimir Putin’s congratulations to Armenia’s ex-president Robert Kocharian on his birthday extended during the reported phone conversation between the two on August 31.