Political scientist doesn’t rule out Pashinyan-Aliyev meeting in near future

Political scientist doesn’t rule out Pashinyan-Aliyev meeting in near future

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15:42,

YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 14, ARMENPRESS. Political scientist Alexander Iskandaryan says the most important process taking place in Armenia at this stage is the newly-formed government and its action plan, reports Armenpress.

During the meeting with reporters Iskandaryan assured that these talks will continue for a long time.

Commenting on the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, the political scientist said an attempt is made to re-launch the process which has died de facto. “Now an attempt is made to restore it to exist as one of the formats for security and connection between the conflicting sides”, he added.

According to him, the process will definitely lead to the meeting between the leaders of the two countries which is obviously being prepared.

“In my opinion, Pashinyan-Aliyev meeting in Davos was not a coincidence. No accidental meetings occur in Davos”, he added.

Iskandaryan noted that the only problem is the difference of pursuing goals between the conflicting sides, but the methodology is the same.

Edited and translated by Aneta Harutyunyan




Parliament approves government’s Action Plan

Parliament approves government’s Action Plan

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15:46,

YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 14, ARMENPRESS. The Parliament of Armenia approved the government’s Action Plan during today’s session, reports Armenpress.

82 MPs voted in favor of the Action Plan, 37 voted against.

Earlier the Bright Armenia faction head announced that they will vote against the Action Plan.

MP from the Prosperous Armenia faction Naira Zohrabyan said they will vote in favor if their proposals are accepted.

Edited and translated by Aneta Harutyunyan




In line with government all citizens have their share of action, Pashinyan on implementation of Action Plan

In line with government all citizens have their share of action, Pashinyan on implementation of Action Plan

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15:51,

YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 14, ARMENPRESS. In line with the government’s responsibility over the implementation of the government’s Action Plan, every citizen has his/her share of action and responsibility in it, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said in his remarks in the Parliament, reports Armenpress.

“I consider the debates of the past three days quite successful. A very serious ideological debate has taken place. There was a clash of two opinions here, a clash between two groups of people. One side was presenting the information they got from the books they red, and the other side was stating that they are going to write a new book”, the PM said.

According to him, this Action Plan is based on the pre-election program of My Step alliance which received the trust vote of the absolute majority of voters.

“The government is determined to carry out an economic revolution in Armenia. The pre-election program contains what was written back in 2013: we are convinced that the transformation of an individual is a key tool for public transformation. Everyone can start the public transformation process. The state should create necessary environment and atmosphere to contribute to such transformations. This is the main ideology. Starting from 2006 I have told the citizen that the future of Armenia depends on one person, and that person is you. The government has its share of responsibility and actions, but each citizen as well has his/her share of responsibility and action. We say that poverty is impossible to overcome without work. Nothing can change without work”, Pashinyan said.

Edited and translated by Aneta Harutyunyan




In line with government all citizens have their share of action, Pashinyan on implementation of Action Plan

In line with government all citizens have their share of action, Pashinyan on implementation of Action Plan

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15:51,

YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 14, ARMENPRESS. In line with the government’s responsibility over the implementation of the government’s Action Plan, every citizen has his/her share of action and responsibility in it, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said in his remarks in the Parliament, reports Armenpress.

“I consider the debates of the past three days quite successful. A very serious ideological debate has taken place. There was a clash of two opinions here, a clash between two groups of people. One side was presenting the information they got from the books they red, and the other side was stating that they are going to write a new book”, the PM said.

According to him, this Action Plan is based on the pre-election program of My Step alliance which received the trust vote of the absolute majority of voters.

“The government is determined to carry out an economic revolution in Armenia. The pre-election program contains what was written back in 2013: we are convinced that the transformation of an individual is a key tool for public transformation. Everyone can start the public transformation process. The state should create necessary environment and atmosphere to contribute to such transformations. This is the main ideology. Starting from 2006 I have told the citizen that the future of Armenia depends on one person, and that person is you. The government has its share of responsibility and actions, but each citizen as well has his/her share of responsibility and action. We say that poverty is impossible to overcome without work. Nothing can change without work”, Pashinyan said.

Edited and translated by Aneta Harutyunyan




Investigators seek criminal proceedings against opposition lawmaker for alleged pre-election crime

Investigators seek criminal proceedings against opposition lawmaker for alleged pre-election crime

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15:55,

YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 14, ARMENPRESS. Authorities have forwarded the criminal case against opposition lawmaker Eduard Babayan from the Prosperous Armenia party for an alleged assault he committed back in 2018 before being elected to parliament to the prosecution for further proceedings. 

Special Investigative Service spokesperson Marine Ohanjanyan told ARMENPRESS the criminal case that was launched against Babayan has been forwarded to the prosecution with a conclusion of guilt. 

The incident allegedly took place in summer of 2018 when Babayan, who at the time served as head of Prosperous Armenia President Gagik Tsarukyan’s security detail, physically assaulted a man and inflicted injuries.

Babayan was charged and briefly detained and then released on a 20,000,000 dram bail. Months later he successfully ran for parliament.

Lawmakers have immunity and prosecuting them requires parliamentary approval. 

Edited and translated by Stepan Kocharyan




Investigators seek criminal proceedings against opposition lawmaker for alleged pre-election crime

Investigators seek criminal proceedings against opposition lawmaker for alleged pre-election crime

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15:55,

YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 14, ARMENPRESS. Authorities have forwarded the criminal case against opposition lawmaker Eduard Babayan from the Prosperous Armenia party for an alleged assault he committed back in 2018 before being elected to parliament to the prosecution for further proceedings. 

Special Investigative Service spokesperson Marine Ohanjanyan told ARMENPRESS the criminal case that was launched against Babayan has been forwarded to the prosecution with a conclusion of guilt. 

The incident allegedly took place in summer of 2018 when Babayan, who at the time served as head of Prosperous Armenia President Gagik Tsarukyan’s security detail, physically assaulted a man and inflicted injuries.

Babayan was charged and briefly detained and then released on a 20,000,000 dram bail. Months later he successfully ran for parliament.

Lawmakers have immunity and prosecuting them requires parliamentary approval. 

Edited and translated by Stepan Kocharyan




“Walk with me” – Pashinyan kicks off economic revolution towards “free, happy and mighty Armenia”

“Walk with me” – Pashinyan kicks off economic revolution towards “free, happy and mighty Armenia”

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15:57,

YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 14, ARMENPRESS. Prime Minister of Armenia has announced a physical and online economic revolution march.

The PM announced the campaign in parliament in his concluding speech at the debates of the government’s action plan.

“Today, I am beginning my second procession”, he said. “The previous one was a physical and online procession campaign towards the victory of a political revolution”, the PM said, referring to his iconic walking campaign that eventually led to what became known as the Velvet Revolution.

“This one is a procession towards economic victory, and towards economic revolution, and whoever has a step to make, let them make their step, whoever wants to pass this path, let them walk with me, because our path is indivertible, we are headed towards a free, happy and mighty Armenia, where it is only the Armenian flag that is above our heads, and we will reach our destination victoriously. Wherever it is required we will walk behind our people, wherever it is needed we will be the ones to lead, and when needed, we will be the followers. And the people will definitely win, and the people can make an economic revolution, and the government is ready to lead the people towards an economic revolution,” the PM said.

The parliament has approved the government’s action plan.

Edited and translated by Stepan Kocharyan




Armenian Ambassador, Belarusian PM discuss bilateral cooperation agenda

Armenian Ambassador, Belarusian PM discuss bilateral cooperation agenda

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16:07,

YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 14, ARMENPRESS. Armenian Ambassador to Belarus Armen Ghevondyan met with Prime Minister Sergei Rumas, the Armenian foreign ministry told Armenpress.

A number of issues relating to the Armenian-Belarusian cooperation agenda were discussed during the meeting.

The officials attached importance to making joints efforts in the bilateral commercial relations which will contribute to the further development and expansion of mutual partnership. They highlighted the unique role of the Armenian-Belarusian inter-governmental commission, the next session of which will take place in Armenia.

The sides also exchanged views on the Armenia-Belarus cooperation within the framework of multi-format and integration structures which aims at enriching the agenda and set of tools of the bilateral relations.

Edited and translated by Aneta Harutyunyan




Ucom subscribers to watch

Ucom subscribers to watch "The Ancient Kings" historical drama for free

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16:52,

YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 14, ARMENPRESS. From now on Ucom TV subscribers may watch all 24 parts of "The Ancient Kings" historical drama available at "VoD" section free of charge. This historical drama was first aired in 2016 on Armenia Premium TV channel exclusively broadcast on Ucom network. The fictional events taking place in the pre-Christian era were also aired on Armenia TV channel in 2018, Ucom told Armenpress.

“Being faithful to the idea of supporting the creation and promotion of quality Armenian TV production, Ucom has also reduced the price for watching the TV content, in this particular case, 11 TV projects, created special for the audience of Armenia Premium. At present the rate for watching 1 episode of the Armenian TV content of recent years available at "VoD" section is set at 100 AMD, instead of the previous 200 AMD, 250 AMD or 300 AMD”, Hayk Yesayan, Co-founder and Director General at Ucom, said.

Ucom subscribers may watch each episode of the following TV projects – “The Million in a Trap”, “Children of the Orchestra”, “Countdown”, “SOS: Save Our Souls”, “Stand Up” (1st and 2nd seasons), “Toxic Love”, “Towards the Dream”, “I See”, “The Desired Groom”, “Mench Challenge” and “The Bought Happiness” at a rate of 100 AMD.

Central Bank of Armenia: exchange rates and prices of precious metals – 14-02-19

Central Bank of Armenia: exchange rates and prices of precious metals – 14-02-19

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17:28,

YEREVAN, 14 FEBUARY, ARMENPRESS. The Central Bank of Armenia informs “Armenpress” that today, 14 February, USD exchange rate down by 0.86 drams to 487.99 drams. EUR exchange rate down by 3.22 drams to 550.06 drams. Russian Ruble exchange rate down by 0.13 drams to 7.31 drams. GBP exchange rate down by 3.54 drams to 626.29 drams.

The Central Bank has set the following prices for precious metals.

Gold price up by 7.71 drams to 20596.84 drams. Silver price down by 2.24 drams to 246.24 drams. Platinum price up by 9.64 drams to 12363.12 drams.