Policy

Manoyan: PACE Socialist Group Supported Armenia’s position

(sources: Armenian Weekly, Public Radio of Armenia) On Jan. 26, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) held a debate on two reports on Nagorno-Karabagh: “Escalation of violence in Nagorno-Karabagh and the other occupied territories of Azerbaijan,” by rapporteur Robert Walter (UK), and “Inhabitants of frontier regions of Azerbaijan are deliberately deprived of…

Constitutional Amendments Approved in Armenia’s Referendum

(source: armenianweekly.com) Armenia’s Central Electoral Commission (CEC) announced today that 825,622 citizens, around 63.4 percent of eligible voters, voted in favor of the new constitution, amid several reports of violations and irregularities. A total of 1,296,368 people, or around 50.51 percent of eligible voters, participated in the referendum according to figures released by the CEC.…

“Definitive Yes” campaign at Vayots Dzor and Talin provinces

ARF-D representatives took the party’s “Definitive Yes” to the constitutional reforms campaign to Vayots Dzor and Talin provinces, yerkirmedia.am reported. During the meeting with voters in Vayq ARF-D Yerevan City Committee representative Bagrat Yessayan presented the advantages of the proposed constitution delivering counter-arguments to the rhetoric of the “No” campaign. “The supporters of the “No”…

David Lokyan: The parliamentary government system will put an end to the overcentralization

(yerkirmedia.am) ARF-D party members continue meetings in regions within the frames of the constitutional referendum campaign. One of its campaign groups is in Armavir. ARF-D representative Davit Lokyan gives the names of the countries that have a parliamentary government system and are an example for many countries of the world with their development level. Overall,…

Vardanyan: Constitutional reforms to pave way to steady political system; Ruling party realizes need to give up some powers

(tert.am) The upcoming constitutional referendum is going to have a positive outcome in terms of helping Armenia build a steady political system, says Aghvan Vardanyan, the secretary of the ARF-D (Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaksutyun) faction in parliament. Speaking to Tert.am, the politician said doesn’t think that the pro and con opinions on the proposed draft should…

Minasyan: Armenia’s new Constitution to raise level of government’s responsibility

(tert.am) Armenia is facing not only socio-economic problems, but also an atmosphere of mistrust, and a new constitution could remedy the situation, Artsvik Minasyan, an MP of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Dashnaktsutyun (ARF-D) party, told reporters on Monday. Under the current Constitution, government agencies are not properly responsible for their functions. “We have no adequate…

ARF-D Calls New Constitution an ‘Opportunity for a New Beginning’

(source: armenianweekly.com) YEREVAN —In its efforts to urge the citizens of Armenia to vote for the proposed constitution in the Dec. 6 national referendum, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation – Dashnaktsutyn’s (ARF-D) Supreme Body of Armenia recently published a promotional pamphlet outlining the reasons for the party’s support of the constitutional reforms, which were adopted by…

Mkrtchyan: Constitutional Reforms Important for Armenia’s National Security

Former ARF-D Bureau Member Levon Mkrtchyan Discusses Armenia’s Proposed Constitutional Reforms in Watertown (armenianweekly.com) WATERTOWN, Mass.—“The constitution applies to everything in the country, and it should be clear why the ARF-D is backing the proposed changes to the constitution,” said Levon Mkrtchyan, a former member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation – Dashnaktsutyun (ARF-D) Bureau and…

What Benefits Will Investment Concept Paper Produce?

Interview with ARF-D Member of Parliament Artsvik Minasyan, economist. (lragir.am) Mr. Minasyan, the government has approved the concept paper on investments, in an effort to make the investment climate in Armenia favorable, it announced. What can this concept paper address? For every country, including Armenia, attracting investments should not be a one-time but a continuous…

Vardanyan: Times of a single-party system are gone

(panorama.am) The parliamentary system of government opens up more opportunities for Armenia’s development and is going to be the best democratic path, the secretary of the opposition faction ARF-Dashaktsutyun (ARFD) Aghvan Vardanyan said during a briefing in the Armenian parliament today when commenting on the interview given by second Armenian President Robert Kocharyan on October…