Armenia’s Justice Ministry and national bar association have drafted a bill that would make it a crime to insult lawyers or threaten them and their family members with violence.
Hrant Markarian, the long-serving top leader of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), announced his resignation on Wednesday more than one month after the party’s failure to win any seats in Armenia’s new parliament.
The prime ministers of Armenia and Georgia met on Tuesday for what they called “informal” talks.
“It doesn’t matter who was elected speaker of the National Assembly. What matters is that the parliament speaker, let along the deputy speakers, have long stopped deciding anything," writes "Aravot."
The opposition Bright Armenia party condemned the pro-government majority in the National Assembly on Tuesday for not electing one of its leaders as a deputy speaker of the parliament.
Former Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian on Tuesday angrily denied coup charges brought against him as part of a criminal investigation into the 2008 post-election unrest in Armenia.
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian accused Armenian media on Tuesday of systematically trying to discredit him and his government at the behest of the country’s former leaders.
Armenia’s new parliament elected last month almost unanimously chose a close associate of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian as its speaker at its inaugural session held on Monday.
Former Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian has also been indicted in connection with the deadly breakup of opposition protests staged in Yerevan in 2008, a senior prosecutor confirmed on Monday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday congratulated Nikol Pashinian on being reappointed as Armenia’s prime minister as a result of last month’s general elections.
Nikol Pashinian was formally reappointed as Armenia’s prime minister on Monday more than one month after his My Step alliance won snap parliamentary elections resulting from last spring’s “velvet revolution” in the country.
“Aravot” wonders if former journalists elected to the new Armenian parliament on the ticket of Nikol Pashinian’s My Step alliance will abandon skepticism characteristic of their profession and only sing the current government’s praises.