Privileging the Georgian Orthodox Church over other religious groups in tax and state property legislation has been ruled discriminatory and unconstitutional by Georgia’s Constitutional Court. On Tuesday, the court issued rulings on two cases, both filed by religious minority groups against unequal treatment by the state.
The leader of Armenian protests Nikol Pashinyan has called on people to pause demonstrations, after the ruling Republican Party suggested they might support his appointment as prime minister in a vote on 8 May. [Read more…]
Mass protests throughout Armenia have gained a second wind after parliament failed to appoint protest leader Nikol Pashinyan as prime minister yesterday. Pashinyan has been demanding a ‘full transfer of power’ from the ruling Republican Party to his movement. [Read more…]
Armenia’s parliament, the National Assembly, has failed to appoint a new prime minister. Opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan gained the votes of 45 MPs, with all three opposition factions supporting him, but 56 MPs voted against him. He failed to win a majority after the ruling Republican Party voted against him, despite earlier vowing not to block his appointment. [Read more…]
Armenia’s ruling Republican Party (RPA) have declared that they will not put forward their own candidate for prime minister and will not try to prevent opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan from being appointed. The country’s parliament, the National Assembly, is due to select a new Prime Minister on 1 May following the resignation of Serzh Sargsyan, amidst weeks of street protests against his rule.
Opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan has called for more anti-government protests on 1 May, when Armenia’s parliament, the National Assembly, is set elect a new prime minister. Acting PM Karen Karapetyan cancelled negotiations with Pashinyan set for noon on Friday, arguing the talks were ‘not aimed at achieving any result’. Pashinyan had insisted the talks, which he said were to negotiate the peaceful transfer of power, take place in front of journalists.
Mass protests erupted on Friday following ex-president Serzh Sargsyan’s announcement that he would seek the position of Prime Minister, now the most powerful post in the country.
Georgia’s parliament recently adopted a package of constitutional amendments. Among the many changes were those regulating the sale of agricultural land. According to the amendments, ‘agricultural land, as a resource of special importance, can only be owned by the state, a self-governing entity, a citizen of Georgia, or a union of Georgian citizens’. [Read more…]