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Minister of Education Levon Mkrtchyan Rules Out Giving Russian Language Special Status

(various sources) The official and state language of Armenia is Armenian, the “Law on Language” is one of the fundamental values of the state’s independence and it is not subject to any change, Minister of Education and Science Levon Mkrtchyan told reporters in response to a question regarding the possibility of adopting Russian as second…

Armenian Government Approves New Anti-Corruption Bill

(RFE/RL) The Armenian government moved on Friday to criminalize “illegal enrichment” of high-ranking state officials as part of its declared fight against corruption. The government approved draft amendments to Armenia’s Criminal Code that apply to some 600 officials, including ministers and judges, and their family members who are legally obliged to declare their assets to…

Education Minister – Financing schools according to number of students is not effective, new mechanism needed

(ARMENPRESS) Minister of Education and Science of Armenia Mr. Levon Mkrtchyan presented to the Parliament the programs which the ministry plans to carry out in 2017. During Parliamentary debates on the 2017 state budget draft, the minister said there will be continuous programs, as well as new programs will be initiated which are derived from…

ARF-D member says party ‘content’ with new cabinet’s program

(tert.am) The Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaksutyun (ARF-D) evaluates as positive the new cabinet’s program which reflects all the proposals enshrined in the party’s cooperation deal with the Republican, says a member. “Our major expectations were met, as we were making calls for a specific program with specific timeframes. It was expected to reflect our cooperation platform…

New Government Formed under Karen Karapetyan; Mkrtchyan, Lokyan, Minasyan Appointed in New Cabinet

(various sources) YEREVAN—The ruling Republican Party of Armenia, during its executive board meeting on Thursday nominated former Yerevan mayor Karen Karapetyan to replace the outgoing prime minister Hovik Abrahamyan who resigned his post earlier Thursday September 8. During the same party conference, President Serzh Sargsyan pledged sweeping government reforms saying “we have no right or…

ARF-D Strengthens Ties with S&D Group in the European Parliament

Gianni Pittella, President of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (S&D Group) and Armen Rustamyan, Head of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaktsutyun (ARF-D) Parliamentary Faction, signed a memorandum of understanding in Strasbourg, on July 6. The memorandum reaffirms the principles upon which the parties will cooperate as well…

Armenia’s Economy Minister Artsvik Minasyan Says Oligarchs Must Obey Laws

(asbarez.com) GLENDALE—With Armenia’s Economy Minister Artsvik Minasyan visiting California to attend several technology and economic gatherings, the ARF-Dashnaktsutiun Western Region Central Committee hosted a reception on June 11 welcoming him to the Southland and bringing together community, organizational and business leaders to discuss prospects for advancing Armenia’s economy and to provide an opportunity to meet…

ARF-D Delegation Holds Meeting with SI Secretary General Luis Ayala

Secretary General of the Socialist International, Luis Ayala arrived yesterday in Armenia, yerkir.am reported. Ayala met today with ARF-D members at the ARF-D Bureau “Kristapor Mikayelian” headquarters, in Yerevan. The Armenian delegation was comprised of ARF-D Bureau’s political representative, Armen Rustamyan, ARF-D Armenia’s Supreme Council chairman, Aghvan Vardanyan, and ARF-D Bureau member, Giro Manoyan. Activities…

20th General Assembly of ARF-D Armenia Concludes in Aghveran

Assembly Stresses Importance of Unity, Elects New Supreme Council (armenianweekly.com) AGHVERAN, Armenia—The General Assembly of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaktsutyun (ARF-D) of Armenia, took place April 29-May 1 in Aghveran, during which the last 2 years of the Supreme Council’s activities were reviewed, while strategic guidelines were set for the next term. According to a statement…

Nalpatian to Present to Socialist International Evidents of Azerbaijan’s Attack Against Nagorno Karabakh; Holds Meeting with Karabakh President

In an interview to Yerkirmedia, Socialist International Vice President, former ARF-D Bureau member, Mario Nalpatian stated that the purpose of his visit to Nagorno Karabakh was not only to meet friends and comrades in the frontline but to prepare a serious and accurate report regarding the situation in Nagorno Karabakh which he intends to present…