Armenia

U.S. Department of State News: Armenia’s 2018 Parliamentary Elections

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of State published the following statement: The United States congratulates the people of Armenia on the conduct of their December 9 parliamentary elections.  We welcome the assessment by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights that Armenia’s parliamentary elections were competitive … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Armenia’s 2018 Parliamentary Elections

YEREVAN, Armenia | Armenian PM candidate gets 0 votes, as intended

YEREVAN, Armenia — Armenia’s parliament has failed to choose a new prime minister, with deputies casting zero votes for the only candidate to bring about an early election. Nikol Pashinian, who resigned as Armenian prime minister last week, was the only nominee in Wednesday’s vote. Pashinian’s party called in advance for lawmakers to withhold their … Continue reading YEREVAN, Armenia | Armenian PM candidate gets 0 votes, as intended

YEREVAN, Armenia | 2 ex-Armenian lawmakers dead in suspected murder-suicide

YEREVAN, Armenia — Police in Armenia say a former member of parliament was shot to death in a restaurant and that the suspected assailant, also a former lawmaker, later died of a suspected suicide. According to police, Karo Karapetian and Arutyun Karagezian met Saturday in a restaurant in the Armenian capital of Yerevan and that … Continue reading YEREVAN, Armenia | 2 ex-Armenian lawmakers dead in suspected murder-suicide

YEREVAN, Armenia | Armenia’s leader calls rally to protest ‘counterrevolution’

YEREVAN, Armenia— Armenia’s prime minister led his supporters during a rally outside parliament Tuesday to protest what he called a “counterrevolution” by his political opponents. Nikol Pashinian took office in May after spearheading weeks of protests that forced the resignation of his predecessor. He has pushed for an early parliamentary election, an effort to unseat … Continue reading YEREVAN, Armenia | Armenia’s leader calls rally to protest ‘counterrevolution’

UN News: Secretary-General Encourages Armenia, Azerbaijan to Take Confidence-Building Steps towards Peaceful Settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

UNITED NATIONS – The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres: The Secretary-General welcomes the meeting between the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan, held on 26 September in the margins of the General Assembly, under the auspices of the Co-Chairs of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in … Continue reading UN News: Secretary-General Encourages Armenia, Azerbaijan to Take Confidence-Building Steps towards Peaceful Settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

YEREVAN, Armenia | Armenia’s new PM marks 100 days in office with giant rally

YEREVAN, Armenia — Armenia’s new prime minister has marked his first 100 days in office by calling a rally that has attracted about 100,000 enthusiastic supporters. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian took office in May after spearheading weeks of protests that forced the resignation of his predecessor. The 43-year-old former journalist had tapped simmering public discontent … Continue reading YEREVAN, Armenia | Armenia’s new PM marks 100 days in office with giant rally

YEREVAN, Armenia | Armenian police says officers injured in scuffle at station

YEREVAN, Armenia  — Police in Armenia say that they have detained a man on charges of assaulting and injuring police officers in an incident that followed an attack on a group of gay people. Police said the incident happened Tuesday after they detained a suspect in an attack on a group of gay people in … Continue reading YEREVAN, Armenia | Armenian police says officers injured in scuffle at station

YEREVAN, Armenia | Court orders former Armenian president released from jail

YEREVAN, Armenia — The lawyer for former Armenian President Robert Kocharian says he has been released from custody on a court order. Kocharian was jailed July 27 on charges of violating constitutional order for sending police and soldiers to break up a demonstration in the Armenian capital in March 2008. Eight demonstrators and two police … Continue reading YEREVAN, Armenia | Court orders former Armenian president released from jail

YEREVAN, Armenia | Armenian general charged with ex-president released on bail

YEREVAN, Armenia — An Armenian general who is charged along with the country’s former president with violating constitutional order a decade ago has been released from custody after posting bail. Col.-Gen. Yuri Khachaturov and former President Robert Kocharian are charged in connection with the order to send police and soldiers to break up a demonstration … Continue reading YEREVAN, Armenia | Armenian general charged with ex-president released on bail

STEPANAKERT, Azerbaijan  | Armenia’s new leader visits disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region

STEPANAKERT, Azerbaijan  — Armenia’s new prime minister marked his first full day in office Wednesday by visiting the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, pledging to maintain security guarantees for a region that’s part of rival Azerbaijan. Nikol Pashinian’s visit was an effort to show continuity in his country’s security policies after the weeks of protests that … Continue reading STEPANAKERT, Azerbaijan  | Armenia’s new leader visits disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region

YEREVAN, Armenia | Armenia’s ruling party will back opposition leader

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — A top figure in Armenia’s ruling party says it will support opposition leader Nikol Pashinian as prime minister if he keeps his supporters from holding protests. In a move to calm the turmoil that has gripped Armenia for weeks, the Republican Party earlier said it would support any candidate for premier … Continue reading YEREVAN, Armenia | Armenia’s ruling party will back opposition leader

YEREVAN, Armenia | Armenian parliament votes against protest leader as new PM

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — The Armenian parliament rejected making the opposition lawmaker who led weeks of anti-government rallies the country’s prime minister Tuesday as tens of thousands of supporters awaited the vote outside. After a nine hour session, the chamber voted 45-55 against appointing Nikol Pashinian, who was the only candidate nominated to replace the … Continue reading YEREVAN, Armenia | Armenian parliament votes against protest leader as new PM

YEREVAN, Armenia | Armenia protest leader seeks president’s backing to be PM

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — The leader of the wave of protests that created a surprise power vacuum in Armenia said Sunday that he has met with the country’s new president and hopes to secure his support to become prime minister. Armenia’s parliament plans to choose a replacement on Tuesday for Serzh Sargsyan, who resigned last … Continue reading YEREVAN, Armenia | Armenia protest leader seeks president’s backing to be PM

VANADZOR, Armenia | Armenian ruling party won’t nominate own candidate for PM

VANADZOR, Armenia (AP) — Armenia’s ruling party says it will not put forward a candidate for prime minister to keep from exacerbating the country’s political crisis. Armenian lawmakers are scheduled to meet Tuesday to vote on a replacement for Serzh Sargsyan, who resigned Monday amid massive street demonstrations over his selection as prime minister. But … Continue reading VANADZOR, Armenia | Armenian ruling party won’t nominate own candidate for PM

YEREVAN, Armenia | Armenian leader resigns, says to protesters: ‘I was wrong’

YEREVAN, Armenia | April 23, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan resigned unexpectedly Monday to quell massive anti-government protests over what critics feared was his effort to seize power for life. Residents of the capital, Yerevan, poured out on the streets to celebrate his stunning departure. People hugged and kissed each other, and motorists … Continue reading YEREVAN, Armenia | Armenian leader resigns, says to protesters: ‘I was wrong’