ARMENIA'S NEW GOVERNMENT IS WELL-REMEMBERED OLD ONE - POLITICAL TECHNOLOGIST
- YEREVAN. - They usually say anything that is new is the well-forgotten old one, but, in the case of Armenia's new Government, it seems the new one is the well-remembered old one, political technologist Karen Kocharyan told Armenian News-NEWS.am, commenting on the makeup of the country's new Cabinet of Ministers.
"Conditionally, the new faces in the Government are [capital city Yerevan's former Mayor] Gagik Beglaryan and [ruling coalition's junior partner Orinats Yerkir (Rule of Law) Party's former MP] Samvel Tadevosyan. And if we factor in [the fact that] the Labor and Social Affairs Minister is the same body's [now former] Deputy Minister, we can speak [solely] about insignificant changes," noted Kocharyan.
In his words, it is difficult to predict how the Parliament will accept the Government's program.
"PM Tigran Sargsyan met with all parliamentary forces, except for the [opposition] Armenian National Congress which stated it will criticize the Government," said the political technologist.
At the same time, however, Karen Kocharyan did not rule out the possibility that the coalition government's senior member, the Republican Party (RPA), could introduce some draft laws to the Parliament with difficulty. The RPA has a majority in terms of parliamentary seats, and therefore it can pass any law proposal.
"I do not think the Prosperous Armenian [Party] will create obstacles on many issues," Kocharyan concluded.
NORMALIZATION OF ARMENIAN-TURKISH RELATIONS WILL POSITIVELY IMPACT REGION - US ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE
- 1795 Birth of Alexander Griboedov (Russian ambassador to Persia). He worked for the return of Armenians from Persia to Armenia. He died in 1829.
- 1870 The Tsar publishes the statutes on towns.
- 1895 Start of the first defence of Van (until June 20).
- 1915 Ambassador Morgenthau explicitly described to the United States Department of State the policy of the Young Turk government as a campaign of "race extermination", and was instructed, by United States Secretary of State Robert Lansing, that the "Department approves your procedure ... to stop Armenian persecution".