Armenia’s acting prime minister, Karen Karapetyan, has rejected opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan’s demands he step down to be replaced by a ‘people’s prime minister’. Pashinyan’s demand has been widely interpreted as referencing himself.
Protest leader Nikol Pashinyan has called for fresh parliamentary elections in Armenia, following the resignation of Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan. Sargsyan stepped down after an 11-day campaign of street protests and civil disobedience against his rule.
Nikol Pashinyan and several other leaders of protests in Armenia against Serzh Sargsyan’s appointment as prime minister have been detained by police. Sargsyan walked out of a meeting with Pashinyan in front of journalists Sunday morning, calling it ‘blackmail’. [Read more…]
As protests in Yerevan continue unabated, Serzh Sargsyan’s grip on power seems as tight now as ever before. Whatever their outcome, one thing seems clear, discontent against his rule has become more pronounced than ever before.
Thousands continue to protest in Yerevan against ex-president Serzh Sargsyan’s appointment as Prime Minister of Armenia, with smaller protests in other cities. The ruling party has called on the protest leader to engage in ‘dialogue’.
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.
Members of liberal Armenian opposition coalition Yelk staged a protest in Armenia’s parliament, the National Assembly, today by releasing coloured smoke flares on the assembly floor. The pair were protesting ex-President Serzh Sargsyan’s candidacy for the office of Prime Minister. [Read more…]
Appointments to Georgia’s High Council of Justice have faced criticism because several of the judges have previously made controversial rulings, while one is accused of writing homophobic comments on Facebook.
The Prime Minister of Georgia’s initiative to establish a national Media Ombudsman has drawn widespread criticism from several experts and watchdogs. Given the timing, shortly after the Supreme Court handed over control of Rustavi 2 to it’s former owner, Kibar Khalvashi, the move is seen by many in the country as an empty gesture to give the impression that the government is concerned about independent journalism. [Read more…]