Armenia’s external debt has mounted by roughly 7 percent since 2011, and now given the country’s Gross Domestic Product has not actually increased, the situation appears risky. If the growth rates remain slow, the Armenian Government is likely to cover the foreign debt service with difficulty, said economist Artak Manukyan.
Aghvan Vardanyan says the proposed constitutional changes nail three principles the Armenian Revolutionary Federation prioritizes: namely the adoption of the parliamentary system, complete Proportional representation voting and enhancing the opposition’s role in the government.
The Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center launched its electronic program to monitor the voting numbers of the 2012 parliamentary and 2013 presidential elections and Yerevan City Council elections in 2013.
The Police cannot rely on the information on the population of Armenia available at the National Statistical Service (NSS) since the service and State Register use different methods, says Mnatsakan Bichakhchyan, Head of the Passport and Visa Department of the Police.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe was heavily criticized in Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh following the approval of the controversial report on Karabakh at the PACE Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy. Criticisms are addressed to PACE and report author Robert Walter (United Kingdom), a rapporteur of the PACE Political Affairs Committee. The Armenian authorities, though, are also criticized, and the project’s approval is described as Yerevan’s diplomatic defeat.