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  • PACE Has Published Opinion on Referendum - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    favour of the changes thus meeting the quorum of 25 of the registered voters needed to approve the changes The relatively low turn out around 50 of the population reflects the fact that the referendum was driven by political interests instead of the needs of the Armenian public and was perceived by many citizens as a vote of confidence in the government rather than on the many proposals for change The two and a half year reform process was not inclusive enough the parliament having only a few weeks to discuss the text and public debate being limited to two months making it difficult for an agreement to be reached Thus the core of the constitutional change the shift from a presidential to a parliamentary system was understood by too many citizens as being a means for the current president to remain in power after the end of his second and what would have been final term Concerning the voting process the delegation regrets that the authorities were not more concerned by the integrity of the process leading to a new constitution and that it must mention several problems many of them already mentioned in previous PACE Venice Commission and OSCE ODIHR recommendations the inaccuracy of the voting lists containing the names of many people residing permanently abroad or even deceased leading to claims that these identities were usurped by people who then voted several times allegations of large scale organized vote buying and carousel voting as well as pressure on voters the media playing field was once again not a level one and the political parties were not able to fulfil their duties of informing and motivating the public the misuse of administrative resources by executive bodies allegations of pressure on and attempts to corrupt election officials shortcomings in

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/politics/view/35032 (2016-02-14)
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  • U.S. Embassy Statement on Constitutional Referendum - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    the form of Armenia s government that will result from the new constitution is significant The credible allegations of electoral irregularities reported by both non partisan observers as well as Armenian political parties are of concern however and need to be fully investigated to ensure that the Armenian people can see the outcome of the referendum as credible and legitimate We urge the Electoral Commission and the Armenian government to

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/politics/view/35031 (2016-02-14)
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  • Azerbaijani Press Informed About Two Victims in Armed Forces - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    Aydin oghlu Ismayilov drafted from Ahmedabad Tovuz died in the military post in Martuni Fizuli The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense has confirmed Fariz Novruzov s death and the press has published a snapshot of his funeral Since the beginning of 2015 the Azerbaijani government agencies have informed about the death of 23 servicemen including 15 combat victims According to Khazar Center of Studies an Azerbaijani organization in the current year

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/politics/view/35007 (2016-02-14)
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  • Minsk Group Co-chairs Met with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    chairs and the personal representative of the OSCE CiO during the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in Belgrade Armenpress informed referring to the Azerbaijani APA News Agency During the meeting the sides exchanged thoughts on the current situation of the negotiations on the settlement of the conflict over Nagorno Karabakh as well as the organization of the meeting of the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan Mammedyarov repeated Baku s official points

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/politics/view/35006 (2016-02-14)
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  • Metro Station in Istanbul Was Bombed - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    December 2015 22 39 A bomb went off near Bayrampasha metro station in Istanbul Turkey the Turkish Hyurriyet reported information from its law enforcement agencies Armenpress informed The blast was heard in different districts of Istanbul People at the station were evacuated Rescuers and paramedics were sent there The Turkish NTV channel informed that at least 6 people were injured due to the incident Earlier TASS reported one victim HaberTurk

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/politics/view/34999 (2016-02-14)
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  • Azerbaijan Reported Injury of Its Soldier In Fights with Armenian Troops - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    media that according to the Azerbaijani defense ministry Bahruz Nasibov was injured in fights with Armenian troops at the line of contact without specifying the exact location of those fights It is said that Bahruz Nasibov was injured in the left hand and his life is not threatened The press service of the NKR Ministry of Defense informed that in the past two days the ceasefire at the line of

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/politics/view/34992 (2016-02-14)
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  • Mammedyarov: Russia Submitted Proposals on Karabakh Settlement - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    20 32 Russia has submitted proposals on the settlement of the Karabakh conflict the Azerbaijani foreign minister Elmar Mammedyarov announced During the press conference after the meeting with the Turkish foreign minister Mevlyut Chavushoghlu Mammedyarov announced that the proposals were submitted during the regional visit of the Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov Mammedyarov did not provide more detail on the proposals It was proposed to organize a meeting of the

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/politics/view/34983 (2016-02-14)
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  • What Russian Plan Does First President Hint? - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    three Minsk Group co chairs Levon Ter Petrosyan informed In fact the first president knows that Russia is planning to bring fresh blood into the Karabakh settlement It is hard to tell whether the public at large will learn about that plan It is possible however that Sargsyan and Aliyev will meet on December 1 during the Climate Change Conference in Paris The presidents of the OSCE Minsk Group co chairs may be present And Putin may offer his plan One can judge about the Russian option of settlement from leaks in the Russian media following Lavrov during his visit to Yerevan They remind about the principles of Paris only in terms of handing lands to Azerbaijan However while the mandate of the OSCE Minsk Group that the troops of the Minsk Group co chairs cannot be stationed in Karabakh as peacekeepers Russia s plan envisages deployment of Russian troops This means that the territory becomes Russian jurisdiction which cannot favor Armenia Azerbaijan the United States and France The Armenian side is apparently discussing this plan possibly under the strong pressure of Russia It is not ruled out that the pressure is implemented through Armenia born forces through causing domestic

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/politics/view/34977 (2016-02-14)
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