Former Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian has been charged with “exceeding official authorities” and “Illegally participating in entrepreneurial activity” as part of a criminal probe into a claim by an entrepreneur that his business was snatched from him a decade ago.
Russia has removed former Armenian defense minister Mikael Harutiunian from the list of wanted suspects applied in its territory. This information was reported to RFE/RL’s Armenian service (Azatutyun.am) by the Armenian Police.
Citing its sources, “Zhoghovurd” suggests that the former ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) that still has the largest faction in parliament has been looking for – and has actually found some – allies in other parliamentary factions in the matter of preventing the adoption of any provision that would pave the way for preterm elections through the legislature’s self-dissolution.
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.”