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Armenia expected to declare largest amnesty ever, says Justice Minister
/Oct 13/18.am/

Justice Minister of Armenia Artak Zeynalyan has said that the bill on granting amnesty to convicts will be submitted for parliamentary debates on October 23.

Speaking to reporters today at Yerevan City Hall where the minister attended Hayk Marutyan’s inauguration as the new mayor of the Armenian capital, Zeynalyan said that it will be the largest amnesty ever.

He said that discussions are closed prior to parliamentary debates.

The bill was approved by the Cabinet earlier.

Yerevan hosts international conference on Armenian diaspora Yerevan hosts international conference on Armenian diaspora
/Oct 15/News.am/

An international conference devoted to Armenians within the cultural, economic, and political processes is underway Monday in Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia.

The event will be held until Thursday, during which scholars and researchers from the Baltic states as well as Central and Eastern European countries will deliver reports.

More than sixty researchers from numerous other countries also will attend this symposium.

The discussants are expected to explore the Diaspora Armenian community’s track-record of coexistence with other peoples of the region as well as Armenia’s historical and geographical relations with other countries of the region, and to assess the role of Diaspora Armenian communities.

Three new appointments by President
/Oct 16/A1+/

President Armen Sarkissian has appointed Gegham Grigoryan as the new minister of agriculture, the president’s office said.

President Armen Sarkissian has appointed Tigran Khachatryan as the new minister of economic development and investments, the president’s office said.

The appointments are made at the recommendation of the Prime Minister.

New governors appointed
/Oct 16/168.am/

New governors of the Syunik, Aragatsotn and Armavir provinces have been appointed today at the Cabinet meeting.

Davit Gevorgyan has been appointed Governor of Aragatsotn, Hunan Poghosyan – the former deputy police chief of Armenia – was appointed Governor of Syunik, and Hambardzum Matevosyan was appointed Governor of Armavir.

The positions were vacated on October 2, when Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan sacked Cabinet members and governors representing the ARF and Tsarukyan factions.

Pashinyan-Trump meeting to take place, but date and place still unknown – US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
/Oct 16/168.am/

During the meeting between US President Donald Trump’s national security advisor John Bolton and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan issues relating to Pashinyan-Trump possible meeting will be discussed, George Kent – US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, told reporters in Yerevan.

He assured that the meeting of the Armenian PM and the US President will take place, but couldn’t say for sure the place and the date. “We, as diplomats, always support meetings between our leaders. I think this issue will be discussed during the discussions of PM Pashinyan and Ambassador Bolton”, he said.

John Bolton will visit the region on October 20.

President Sarkissian donates entire salary since taking office to charity
/Oct 18/168.am/

President Armen Sarkissian has told the Hayastan All Armenian Fund that he will donate his entire salary since taking office in May to the charitably organization.

“During our meeting in May of 2018 I expressed my faith for the fund and its projects in a very simple way – I said that I am ready to donate my salary to the fund,” Sarkissian said during a meeting today with members of Hayastan All Armenia Fund. He said that his entire salary which has been accumulated since taking office will be donated to the fund in the coming days “in order to have my small contribution in the solution of big and important issues”.

Sarkissian, who is also the President of the Board of Trustees of the fund, talked to the new executive director and the staff of the fund about its activities.

“Present your vision, after which we will quickly discuss and this discussion will become public, because the fund belongs to the Armenian people. The old working methods are no longer effective,” Sarkissian said, noting that Hayastan All Armenian Fund has achieved numerous successes in the past, but “it doesn’t mean that the same model can be repeated for ages”.

Trump’s attorney, former mayor of New York Rudolph Giuliani is visiting Armenia
/Oct 19/Aysor/

Trump’s attorney, former mayor of New York Rudolph Giuliani is going to visit Armenia, political analyst, expert on American affairs Suren Sargsyan wrote in his Facebook page.

He stressed that Giuliani is Trump’s supporter, friend and advisor as well as personal attorney.
“In 2001 when September 11 terrorist attack took place he was the mayor of New York. Recently he has called Soros “antichrist”. This is why, I want to say again that Soros and the USA has no relation to each other. There is a serious opportunity to develop Armenian-American agenda,” the expert wrote.
Assistant to the U.S. President for National Security Affairs (NSA) John Bolton will also visit Armenia on October 20.

Newspaper: Republican Party of Armenia decides to run in snap parliamentary election
/Oct 19/News.am/

YEREVAN. – The elite of the former ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) has finally decided to run in the snap parliamentary election hoping to be at least the fourth political force and be represented at parliament, Zhamanak (Time) newspaper reported.

“It is also just about known as to what the first five on the party’s proportional [representation] list will look like.

“The list will be headed by Former Defense Minister Vigen Sargsyan, next are [National Assembly (NA) Vice President and former Justice Minister] Arpine Hovhannisyan, [RPA MP and former Justice Minister] Davit Harutyunyan, [NA Vice President] Eduard Sharmazanov, [and RPA MP and former Education and Science Minister] Armen Ashotyan.

“Former Mayor of [capital city] Yerevan Taron Margaryan also could to be on the list,” Zhamanak wrote.

Draft law prohibiting homosexual marriages presented to National Assembly
/Oct 18/A1+/

A draft law prohibiting homosexual marriages has been presented to the RA National Assembly, the author of which is the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Science, Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, MP Tigran Urikhanyan.

The bill proposes to include a ban on marriages between two persons of the same sex in the Family Code.

Newspaper: Yerevan ex-Mayor leaves Armenia, settles in Moscow with family
/Oct 20/News.am/

YEREVAN. – Former Mayor of Yerevan Taron Margaryan has left Armenia and settled in Moscow with his family, according to Hraparak (Square) newspaper.

“His children study at various educational institutions in Moscow. Now, his mother and his sister’s family live at his house in [capital city] Yerevan.AdChoices

Orthodox, Catholic and Armenian church leaders urge Netanyahu to cancel lands bill
/Oct 20/News.am/

Leaders of the Orthodox, Catholic and Armenian church urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stop adoption of a bill that the churches say would allow the state to appropriate land sold to buyers.

They wrote a letter to Netanyahu on Friday saying the vote “constitutes a flagrant disregard” of his earlier assurances to block the legislation, Associated Press reported.

Ministerial Legislation Committee will reportedly vote on the bill on Sunday.

In February the churches shut Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher as a protest against municipal authorities’ plans to levy taxes on church properties.

“Yerevan: From the Bronze Age to the Capital of Pink Tuff” exhibition to open at History Museum
/Oct 19/ArmenPress/

YEREVAN – A three-day scientific conference will launch in Yerevan’s History Museum on October 23 within the framework of celebrations dedicated to the capital’s 2800th anniversary. The conference is being held by the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia and the Yerevan State University. During the opening ceremony Yerevan Mayor Hayk Marutyan, Director of the History Museum of Yerevan Armine Sargsyan, Director of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography Pavel Avetisyan, as well as others are expected to deliver remarks during the event. The reports will focus on Yerevan’s economy, science, culture, history. There will be 30 reports during the conference.

Director of the History Museum of Yerevan Armine Sargsyan told Armenpress that during these days an interesting exhibition consisting of two parts will open in the Museum. It is titled “Yerevan: From the Bronze Age to the Capital of Pink Tuff”.

“During the exhibition the Museum’s bronze age collections which have been discovered in Yerevan and other places in Armenia will be displayed. The meaning of displaying these collections is that the bronze age has been a period of civilization in Armenia where Yerevan played its key role. All exhibits have been discovered during the excavations of the recent years, and they will be presented to the public for the first time”, she said.

The second theme of the exhibition is the capital of pink tuff. The collection of paintings of the Museum will present how Yerevan of pink tuff has been built. The exhibition will remain open by the end of the year.

Armine Sargsyan informed that the History Museum will be open on October 21 from 11:00 to 19:00 for free.

There are nearly 97.000 exhibits at the History Museum of Yerevan.

Presentation of book “Perspectives of Co-Existence of the EU and EAEU Integration Processes: The Case of Armenia” held in Yerevan
/Oct 19/ArmenPress/

YEREVAN- On October 18, Political Science Association of Armenia (PSAA) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung office in the South Caucasus jointly organized the presentation of the bilingual English/Russian book “Perspectives of Co-Existence of the EU and EAEU Integration Processes: The Case of Armenia”, PSAA told Armenpress.

H.E. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Federal Republic of Germany to the Republic of Armenia Mr. Bernhard Matthias Kiesler, representatives from the embassies of Russian Federation, Poland, Romania, and the EU delegation to Armenia, as well as PSAA members and experts on regional security dynamics attended the event.

Professor Hayk Kotanjian, the Honorary President, Political Science Association of Armenia, Doctor of Political Science, and Felix Hett, Director, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung South Caucasus office, made welcome remarks. The event was moderated by Benyamin Poghosyan, PSAA Executive director, PhD in History.

Papers by Richard Giragosian, Director, Yerevan-based “Regional Studies Center”, George Vlad Niculescu, Head, Brussels-based “European Geopolitical Forum”, and Maria Lagutina, Doctor of Political Science, Associate Professor, Department of World Politics, Saint Petersburg State University are published in the book.

In the context of Russia – West strategic contradictions the experts and participants emphasized the significance of pursuing of balanced foreign policy by Armenia which allows Yerevan to position itself as an efficient hub of cooperation between the European Union and Eurasian Economic Union.

The speeches were followed by a discussion during which participants expressed their views on the possibilities of EU – EAEU cooperation, and Armenia’s role in it.

Summarizing the event, Benyamin Poghosyan, PSAA Executive Director, mentioned that PSAA would continue to pay close attention to the issues of regional security dynamics and Armenia’s foreign policy.