Prime Minister of Armenia Hovik Abrahamyan held on Saturday a conference of heads of government agencies and members of the Union of Manufacturers and Businessmen (Employers) of Armenia.
The Armenian Government will shortly appear with a legislative initiative to ease the tax burden on SMEs, reports 168 Zham newspaper.
The new prime minister of Armenia Hovik Abrahamyan will shortly urge high-ranking officials and parliamentarians to refuse from increase in their salaries, according to a local newspaper "168 Zham"
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has appointed David Haroutiunyan as Government Chief of Staff. Previously, Haroutiunyan headed the Parliament Committee for State and Legal Affairs.
The "I'm Against" civic initiative has refused to start negotiations on the mandatory accumulative pension system with Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan.
Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan has promised the members of the "I'm Against" civic initiative that he will present a mutually agreeable decision on the pension reforms before late July.
Minister of Economy Vahram Avanesyan has refuted its Thursday statement talking to journalists, Friday. To recall, Vahram Avanesyan told journalists on 17 April that during the next meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Minsk on Apr 29, Armenia would sign an agreement to access the Customs Union.
"We will be very happy if Armenia refuses to join the Customs Union," Frank Engel, a Member of the European Parliament and of the European People's Party (EPP) in the European Parliament, told reporters, in Yerevan, Friday.
European Parliament hasadopted a resolution condemning the recent attacks against religious and ethnic communities and the suffering of women and children in Syria.
Republican Party of Armenia will form the new government alone for the first time since 1998, Eduard Sharmazanov, RPA Spokesperson, Vice Speaker of the Armenian Parliament, said at the meeting of the RPA Executive Body.
During the next meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Minsk on Apr 29, Armenia will sign an agreement on joining the Customs Union, Armenia's Economy Minister Vahram Avanesyan told journalists on Thursday.
The Government of Armenia is going to form a favorable tax system to develop small and medium entrepreneurship and to attract investments, Hovik Abrahamyan, the newly appointed Prime Minister of Armenia, said at today's session of the Government.
The decision of the Orinats Yerkir Party to leave the coalition with the ruling Republican Party of Armenia is evidence of panic in the power circles of Armenia, political expert, Ervand Bozoyan, said at today's press-conference.
The Orinats Yerkir Party (OYP) should explain what it means saying about the created new political situation, they should explain why the party left the coalition, secretary of the RPA parliamentary faction, Hovanes Sahakyan, told Arminfo correspondent and added that only after that the RPA will value the decision of the OYP.
ARF Dashnaktsutyun Party will not join the coalition with the ruling Republican Party of Armenia and will continue acting in the opposition field, ARFD said in a statement.
Prosperous Armenia Party will go on watching further actions by the Orinats Yerkir Party (Law Governed Country Party), and only after that value the adopted decisions, a member of the parliament from the PAP, press-secretary of the party, Tigran Urikhanyan, told ArmInfo correspondent. "We still have nothing to say on the matter. We shall go on tracing further development of events", - he said when replying to the question if the PAP will cooperate with the Orinats Yerkir Party if the later joins the opposition.
ArmInfo’s Interview with Vahe Hakobyan, Governor of Syunik region of Armenia
Hovik Abrahamyan's appointment as prime minister means that the Republican Party of Armenia has no intention to change its manner of government, says Ashot Manucharyan, a member of the Karabakh Committee.
The Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP) is not going to impeach Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, PAP member Lyova Khachatryan told journalists on Tuesday.
Tigran Sargsyan's resignation from the position of Armenia's prime minister was not conditioned by any external factors, deputy director of the Caucasus Institute, political expert, Sergey Minasyan, said at today's press-conference. "The rumors being actively spread do not always reflect reality. I think that Tigran Sargsyan could not have problems with foreign partners", - Minasyan said.
Guided by the 4th point of the 55th clause of Armenia's Constitution, on 15 April President Serzh Sargsyan appointed Acting Foreign Affairs Minister Edward Nalbandian as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia.
Maybe the four oppositional parties are able to settle some problems, but their union will hardly last long, says Sergey Minasyan, Deputy Head of the Caucasus Institute, told reporters, Tuesday.
The appointment of Hovik Abrahamyan as Prime Minister of Armenia is intended to ease the political and social tension in the country rather than deepen the reforms, Gagik Makaryan, Head of the Republican Union of Employers of Armenia, told ArmInfo.
The newly appointed Prime Minister of Armenia Hovik Abrahamyan is able to unite political forces and find a common language even with the opposition, economist and former member of the parliament, Tatul Manaseryan, told Arminfo correspondent.
The new premier of Armenia should not continue the programme of his predecessor, secretary of the Prosperous Armenia parliamentary faction, Naira Zohrabyan, told ArmInfo correspondent.
The appointment of Hovik Abrahamyan as prime minister aims to tie Prosperous Armenia Party's (PAP) hand and foot, Deputy Head of Heritage Party Armen Martirosyan said at today's press conference.
Hovik Abrahamyan's candidacy at the position of Armenia's prime minister is compromising and acceptable for many political forces, a member of the parliament from the Heritage faction, former foreign minister of Armenia, Aleksandr Arzumanyan, said at today's press-conference.
The appointment of Hovik Abrahamyan as prime minister meets the Armenian oligarchs' aspirations, Head of the Yerevan Press Club Boris Navasardyan said at a press conference on Monday.
Abrahamyan has told the journalists that he calls on all political forces, civic and public organizations to start cooperation. "At the moment we are negotiating and I do not want to specify the details before the talks are over", says Abrahamyan. He assures the media that he will continue working transparently.
The men which could be compromising for Serzh Sargsyan and Robert Kocharyan were discussed as candidates for prime minister, Secretary of the Heritage party, political expert, Stepan Safaryan, has written at his Facebook page. Among these men, Safaryan mentioned Seyran Ohanyan, Armen Gevorkyan, Vigen Sargsyan, Karen Karapetyan and Hovik Abrahamyan.
One should draw no parallels between the developments in Crimea and the situations in Transnistria or Nagorno-Karabakh, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Vasily Nebenzya says in his interview with Interfax when asked if one should expect new developments in the Nagorno-Karabakh and Transnistrian peace processes following the Crimean events.