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Head of Armenia’s intelligence elected president of football federation
/Sept 22/News.am/By Lusine Shahbazyan/

Head of Armenia’s National Security Service Artur Vanetsyan has been unanimously elected the president of the Football Federation of Armenia (FFA) during an extraordinary session of FFA.

Former FFA president Ruben Hayrapetyan who has been heading the federation since 2002 was not present at the meeting. During the last 16 years fans and experts demanded Hayrapetyan’s resignation on numerous occasions.

Hayrapetyan, in turn, promised that he would leave this position putting forward different preconditions, for example claiming he would resign in case of failure in the European and World Cup qualifying rounds. However, he never kept his promise.


Cyclotron to be put into operation in Armenia until end of year
/Sept 22/ArmenPress/

YEREVAN – Cyclotron is planned to be put into operation in Armenia until the end of the year, Director of A. Alikhanyan National Science Laboratory (Yerevan Physics Institute, YerPhI) Ani Aprahamian informed at ARMENPRESS media hall that relevant specialists are already in Armenia and it’s already a week they have started working on putting the cyclotron into operation.

“Years ago the Government of Armenia acquired this equipment, but it did not work until now. The specialists arrived last week, and they are working on it. I think it’s possible to put it into operation by the end of the year”, Ani Aprahamian said. According to her, it’s a very important work and will have a great contribution to the healthcare sphere. Particularly, the cyclotron can help to diagnose cancer more precisely.

“By the way, the production of isotopes is not just a health issue and we can use them in other spheres as well. I simply think that it’s of key importance for the healthcare sphere since cancer death is rather high in Armenia. If we put it into operation quickly, it will be a serious progress for diagnosing all types of cancers”, she said. She noted that when years ago Armenia acquired that equipment, many countries in the region did not have it, but now they have acquired too and it’s necessary to hurry up to put into operation our equipment.
 

Հաշվարկն ավարտվեց. Երևանի ավագանիում կլինեն «Իմ քայլը», ԲՀԿ-ն ու «Լույսը»
/Sept 23/Verelq.am/

Կենտրոնական ընտրական հանձնաժողովն ավարտել է Երեւանի ավագանու արտահերթ ընտրությունների քվեարկության արդյունքների ամփոփումը:

Այսպիսով, ընտրություններին հաղթանակ է տարել «Իմ քայլը» դաշինքը՝ 81,06 տոկոսը (294109 ընտրող)։ Երկրորդ տեղում է «Բարգավաճ Հայաստան» կուսակցությունը՝ 6,95 տոկոս արդյունքով (25219)։ Երրրոդ հորիոզոնականում «Լույս» դաշինքն է՝ 4,99 տոկոս արդյունքով (18112)։

ԿԸՀ-ից հայտնում են, որ թեև ոչ ոք այլևս չի հաղթահարել անցումային շեմն ավագանու կազմում ընգրկվելու համար (դաշինքների համար այն 8 տոկոս է, կուսակցությունների համար՝ 6 տոկոս), «Լույս» դաշինքն էլ կընդգրկվի  ավագանի, քանի որ, ըստ օրենքի, ավագանու կազմում պետք է ներկայացված լինեն առնվազն 3 քաղաքական ուժեր:

Հայկ Մարությանը Երևանի քաղաքապետի պաշտոնը կստանձնի հոկտեմբերի 10-ին:


My Step wins overwhelming majority of 65-seat City Council, Hayk Marutyan expected to take office as 55th Mayor of Yerevan
/Sept 24/168.am/

Three political forces have won seats at the Sunday Yerevan City Council election.

The three include: My Step, the bloc which won a landslide victory, Proseprous Armenia Party and Luys (Light) bloc made it to the city council.

Preliminary counts of all precincts show a massive 81,06% victory for My Step. 294,109 people voted for the alliance.

The Prosperous Armenia Party is the runner-up with only 6,95%, or 25,219 votes.

Luys (Light) bloc won 4,99%, or 18,112 votes.

In accordance to the electoral code, based on the preliminary results My Step will have 54 seats at the 65-seat City Council.

Proseprous Armenia and Luys will have 6 and 5 mandates respectively. The final results of the election will be released by the central electoral commission on September 30.

As required by law, the first session of the new city council after early elections is convened 10 days after the release of the final results, meaning on October 10.

If a party garners more than 50% of seats at the city council, the number one candidate of the party list of the given political party is named the mayor-elect by virtue of law. Therefore, Hayk Marutyan from My Step is expected to be inaugurated as the 55th Mayor of Yerevan on October 10.
 

PM Pashinyan’s advisor named new director of Hayastan All Armenian Fund
/Sept 25/168.am/

Haykak Arshamyan has been named as the new executive director of the Hayastan All Armenian Fund, spokesperson of the fund Anush Martirosyan told ARMENPRESS.

Haykak Arshamyan is serving as advisor to Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan since July 2, 2018.

The position was vacated after long-time director Ara Vardanyan stepped down in July after authorities revealed he had been misappropriating funds of the charity organization for personal goals and even online gambling.

Vardanyan was detained by national security agents on July 2 in suspicion of embezzling the fund’s finances. During interrogation, Vardanyan admitted to misusing the fund’s credit card for personal goals, including online gambling. He was placed under arrest but later released on a 1,000,000-dram bail.

He tendered his resignation on July 9 to President Armen Sarkissian.
 

Armenian real estate tycoon Samvel Karapetyan’s Tashir Group included in Forbes Russia top list
/Sept 28/168.am/

Russia-based Armenian real estate tycoon Samvel Karapetyan’s Tashir Group of Companies has been included in Forbes Russia’s 200 Largest Private Companies of Russia list.

Forbes lists Tashir Group of Companies 48th in the 200 list. According to Forbes Russia, Tashir Group of Companies maintains a staff of 45000 people in Russia and it made 164,000,000,000 rubles (roughly 2,5 billion dollars) in 2017.

The top three are Lukoil, X5 Retail Group and Surgutneftegaz.
 

Nikol Pashinyan, Ilham Aliyev agree to de-escalate situation on border line and prevent incidents
/Sept 28/ArmenPress:

YEREVAN – Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev met in Dushanbe and agreed to de-escalate the situation on the border line and prevent incidents, ARMENPRESS reports PM Pashinyan announced in a live broadcast on Facebook.

“This time we had more practical conversation based on which we recorded a number of important points. We agreed that we will task our defense ministers to take measures to de-escalate the situation and to prevent border incidents. I think this is an important agreement”, Pashinyan said.

According to him, President of Artsakh Bako Sahakyan has also been informed about this agreement. “I have given relevant instructions to our Armed Forces and I can say that the previous night was the most peaceful since I was elected Prime Minister”, the PM said.

Nikol Pashinyan also emphasized that during the conversation the commitment to the negotiation process was recorded. “We agreed to establish operative communication channels but we have not agreed about its technical implementation”, Pashinyan said, adding that there were no other discussions.

“I am happy and hope that those agreements will be respected, since they are extremely important”, PM Pashinyan said.

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