It is a bad thing going after Kerekin II ~ now that some have tasted blood in the political arena ~ He has been fine leading The Armenian Apostolic Church ```
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Posted 28 August 2018 - 09:28 PM
AZERNEWS love the attack on Kerekin II Turkey would love this as well ```
By Rashid Shirinov
The Armenian Apostolic Church (AAC), which has long earned a reputation in the country as a fraudulent organization, is going through bad times. The reason is that Armenia’s population, which started protests two months ago in order to change the grave situation in the country, now protests against the leadership of the Church.
Since its establishment, the AAC has literally been inviolable, and today the Church is an autonomous structure within Armenia, which adheres to its own laws and influences the lives of Armenians.
However, the country’s population is obviously tired of the AAC’s current leadership, and therefore, people protest in Yerevan, demanding the resignation of the Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II.
The Armenian believers have enough reasons to dislike their Catholicos. Some time ago, at the opening ceremony of a church in Armenia – the country that ranks first in the world in terms of the number of churches – Karekin II was asked whether it is right that churches are being built non-stop while the people in Armenia are starving. The Catholicos replied to the question cynically saying “people will satisfy their hunger through spiritual values.”
Armenians protest against the Church - AzerNews
Posted 25 September 2018 - 08:42 AM
YEREVAN, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Armenia's ruling party won a stunning majority in its capital Yerevan's City Council elections Sunday, the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) said.
My Step Alliance, which includes Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's Civil Contract party, garnered around 81 percent of the vote.
This was Pashinyan's first electoral test since the former journalist and opposition MP rose up to the current post following weeks of mass protests that forced long-time leader Serzh Sargsyan to step down.
Prosperous Armenia Party and Light -- an alliance of parties led by Justice Minister Artak Zeynalyan -- came in second and third, obtaining 7 percent and 5 percent of the votes, respectively.
As a result, former comedian Hayk Marutyan, who has been leading My Step Alliance, is now poised to become Yerevan's next mayor. Marutyan was an early supporter of Pashinyan when the latter started his protest movement in April.
According to the CEC, around 370,000 voters, or 43.65 percent, of around 850,000 people of electoral age cast their ballots on Sunday.
Posted 28 September 2018 - 01:20 PM
Karabakh must not be a part of Azerbaijan, Armenia’s PM tells UN General Assembly
(Armradio) – Karabakh must not be a part of Azerbaijan, unless one wants to trigger a new genocide of Armenian people, Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan says.
Addressing the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in New York, PM Pashinyan said “the peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict continues to prevail on our foreign policy agenda.”
“The status and security of the Republic of Artsakh is an absolute priority of the Republic of Armenia in the negotiation process,” he added.
According to the Prime Minister, “any attempt to resolve the conflict through military means represents a direct threat to the regional security, democracy and human rights.”
“Armenia will continue its constructive engagement in the peaceful resolution of the conflict within the format of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs, which has the only internationally recognized mandate to deal with the conflict,” Pashinyan stated.
Azerbaijan should change its behavior of disrespect towards the negotiations and abandon “the idea of any military solution and implement all the previous agreements. Furthermore, if Azerbaijan is truly committed to the peace process it should start talking to the main subject of this conflict – Nagorno-Karabakh,” he added.
“Azerbaijan declares on every occasion that Karabakh should be a part of its territory. At the same time it announces that it will not negotiate with Nagorno Karabakh. The question is how Azerbaijan can make a claim over Nagorno-Karabakh without even speaking to NK? Is that possible? This is possible only if Azerbaijani government wants the territory and not the people,” PM Pashinyan said.
“Thus, it becomes obvious that the intention of Azerbaijani leadership is to cleanse Armenians from Karabakh, like they did in Nakhijevan. This entitles Nagorno-Karabakh to make the argument, that to be a part of Azerbaijan for Karabakh means to be totally exterminated. Hence Karabakh must not be a part of Azerbaijan, unless one wants to trigger a new genocide of Armenian people,” Nikol Pashinayn stressed.
He reiterated that “the conflict can and should be settled only through mutual compromises by all sides, in an atmosphere conducive to peace and not war.”
Posted 04 October 2018 - 09:05 AM
AVET DEMOURIAN, Associated PressUpdated 12:06 pm CDT, Wednesday, October 3, 2018
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — 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 foes who maintain a parliamentary majority.
Those political foes responded Tuesday by passing a bill intended to disrupt Pashinian's plan to disband parliament and call a new election for December. The bill must be signed by the president to become law.
"We made the decision not because we don't want to face early elections, but because we can't accept pressuring lawmakers," parliamentary speaker Ara Babloian said.
Pashinian called on his supporters to protest the move and several thousand quickly gathered outside parliament. Pro-Pashinian lawmakers blocked the exits to prevent his opponents from leaving the building.
In a fiery speech at the rally, Pashinian assailed the Republican Party and its allies for what he described as the "counterrevolutionary" move.
"They have waged a war against their people," he said.
Pashinian told his supporters he would urge President Armen Sarkissian not to sign the bill into law.
He also declared that he decided to fire Cabinet members from the two parties that joined the Republican Party in Tuesday's vote.
After speaking to the demonstrators, Pashinian went inside the parliament building for talks with lawmakers. Some of the people attending the rally tried to break into parliament, shouting insults at the Republicans and their allies.
Pashinian's predecessor, Serzh Sargsyan, shifted into the premier's seat in April after serving two presidential terms, a move seen as a maneuver to avoid term limits and stay in power. Pashinian, a former journalist, led a wave of protests fueled by public anger over the widespread poverty, high unemployment and rampant corruption that flourished under the old government, forcing Sargsyan to step down.
Posted 04 October 2018 - 09:06 AM
Protesters filled the streets of Yerevan for the first time since the spring, as Armenia experienced its most serious political crisis since the country's new government took power in May. In a move Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan called the “counter-revolution,” his erstwhile allies abandoned him and backed the former ruling party in an effort to block him from holding early elections.
Following the landslide victory of his party in September 23 municipal elections in Yerevan, Pashinyan began an effort to move up the dates of parliamentary elections to December. His party still represents only a small minority in the National Assembly, and new elections would appear likely to give Pashinyan a much stronger representation.
"Political events have shown that we should hold snap parliamentary elections very quickly because political uncertainties are preventing new investments in our economy,” Pashinyan saidthe day following the Yerevan elections, in which his slate got 81 percent of the vote. “I believe that these elections also showed that the current parliament does not in fact have a mandate, because the parliamentary forces have collected very few votes."
On October 2, Pashinyan's foes struck back. Members of parliament, led by the formerly ruling Republican Party of Armenia, made it known that they planned to hold a vote the following day on a law that would change what would happen in the case that parliament was unable to hold sessions. The technical rule change appeared to be a ploy to prevent Pashinyan from gathering protesters to block parliament from meeting, and thus forcing new elections.
Pashinyan responded by threatening a reprise of the protests in the spring that propelled him to power. In a Facebook broadcast, he told supporters: “I have talked to the Republican party and urged them to not make the counterrevolution official. If I don’t hear from them by evening I need you to come out to the streets.”
In response, the backers of the law sped up the vote and held it the evening of October 2.
The legislation was initiated by Arpine Hovhannisyan, a Republican MP, and backed by members of the Prosperous Armenia and Armenian Revolutionary Federation parties. The latter two parties had formed a minority government with Pashinyan's Yelk bloc, but following the vote Pashinyan fired the seven ministers in the government from those parties.
Ahead of the vote, two Yelk members – Lena Nazaryan and Hayk Konjoryan – attempted to disrupt it by taking away the electronic “cards” that MPs use to vote from other parties' members. The vote was ultimately held by a show of hands, and the session was not broadcast, as is standard procedure.
“This gang is trying to take Armenians' rights away from them,” said another Yelk MP, Sasun Mikaelyan, following the vote. “This is not a vote, it's a robbery.”
Following news that the vote had succeeded, people heeded Pashinyan's calls and went to the streets in the thousands. Some supporters marched to the parliament and blocked the exits, while others formed roadblocks along the streets surrounding the parliament building, checking all cars going in and out to prevent MPs from leaving the scene. Some protesters reprised the “Icelandic clap” that had become a signature of the spring protests. Other, smaller protests erupted in the second city of Gyumri and other parts of the country.
Pashinyan addressed the crowd at the parliament repeatedly throughout the evening. He urged them to remain peaceful, announced that he intended to fire the ministers and governors from the rebellious parties, and called on President Armen Sarkissian – the nominal head of state who must sign legislation for it to become law – to use his veto. He called for elections to be held “in late November or early December.”
He also said he intended to resign in an attempt to force a resolution of the crisis. “After the firings of the ministers goes into effect, I’m going to resign,” he told the crowd. According to current law, parliament has to elect a new prime minister within eight days. If they fail twice to pick a new premier, parliament will be disbanded. “If they choose a new one, then they chose a new one, if they don’t elect a new prime minister then we will have to have snap elections.”
Eventually he headed into the building to conduct negotiations with Ara Babloyan, the Republican speaker of parliament. Past midnight, he emerged again and told the crowd: "It was a cordial, friendly atmosphere. We drank coffee, and talked. The conversation was not conclusive.”
Ani Mejlumyan is a journalist based in Yerevan.
Posted 09 October 2018 - 06:15 PM
«Սասնա ծռերի» անդամ Արայիկ Խանդոյանը մահացել է
01:34, 10 հոկտեմբերի, 2018
«Սասնա ծռերի» անդամ, ազատամարտիկ Արայիկ Խանդոյանը՝ «Միայնակ գայլը» մահացել է: Այս մասին հայտնում է Խանդոյանի ընկեր Վարուժան Ավետիսյանը:
Վերջինս մեզ հետ զրույցում նշեց, որ Խանդոյանի մահվան պատճառը սրտի կաթվածն է. իրեն այդ մասին հայտնել են Գյումրու բուժկենտրոնում գտնվող իրենց ընդհանուր ընկերները:
Հիշեցնենք, որ Արայիկ Խանդոյանը 2016 թվականին Ոստիկանության Էրեբունու ՊՊԾ գունդը գրավելու դեպքից հետո կալանավորվել էր, և դատարանի որոշմամբ օգոստոսի 17-ին ազատ էր արձակվել:
Posted 09 October 2018 - 06:16 PM
Sasna Dzrer Member Arayik Khandoyan Dies; Heart Attack the Apparent Cause
01:34, October 10, 2018
Artsakh war veteran Arayik Khandoyan (aka Lone Wolf), a member of the Sasna Dzrer group that seized a Yerevan police building in 2016, died today after apparently suffering a heart attack.
Hetq received the news from Khandoyan’s compatriot Varuzhan Avetisyan, who learnt of Khandoayn’s death from friends who had gathered in a Gyumri hospital where Khandoyan passed away.
Khandoyan was released from detention on August 17 while his trial, and that of other Sasna Dzrer members, was ongoing.
Posted 10 October 2018 - 11:15 AM
Պավլիկ Մանուկյան Pavlik Manukyan has been set free for 1m bond
Posted 10 October 2018 - 11:25 AM
News Political Arrangement: Tsarukyan Promises Not to Nominate Challenger to Pashinyan as Prime Minister
21:06 | October 8, 2018
Gagik Tsarukyan, who heads the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK), has promised not to nominate a candidate for the post of prime minister, or to support any candidate, if Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan resigns to allow for snap parliamentary elections.
Posted 10 October 2018 - 11:27 AM
Criminal Case Launched Into Construction of House Belonging to Former Syunik Governor
17:32, October 8, 2018
Armenia’s Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) has launched a criminal case regarding the construction of the Yerevan private home belonging to former Syunik Provincial Governor Surik Khachatryan.
The PGO investigated the matter on the basis of an August 24 Hetq article stating that while Surik Khachatryan has been building a three-story house, on 2,000 square meters of land owned by him in Yerevan, for more than 10 years, he got a construction license only recently, on June 8, 2018.
The investigation revealed that Yerevan Municipality employees were lax when following the appropriate construction laws. Charges of “abuse of official authority” have been filed.
Posted 16 October 2018 - 10:47 AM
Armenia PM Nikol Pashinyan resigns in order to hold early vote
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has resigned in an attempt to force an early parliamentary election.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said on Tuesday he was resigning from his post in order for parliament to be dissolved and an early election held.
The PM announced his resignation live on national television.
The former opposition leader swept to power in May following weeks of protests that forced the resignation of his predecessor.
Pashinyan has pushed for an early vote to be held in recent months, in an attempt to unseat his rivals
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