PAP LEADER CALLS FOR MEASURES TO PREVENT MIGRATION
- Prosperous Armenia leader Gagik Tsarukyan's speech at the party's sixth session contained both positive and negative remarks as the politician addressed not only Armenia's achievements but also the existing gaps. He particularly focused on the poverty rate and migration, calling for action to ensure the society's well-being. "If no immediate solution is found, we will have to record increased poverty and a higher rate of emigration," he said. "Our youth have to build their future in their homeland. And the only solution to prevent it is to create jobs." Tsarukyan noted that the impact of the 2008 global economic recession was particularly great on small and medium-sized enterprises which, unlike big businesses, faced the threat of closedown. "The state has to assist that class and award privileges. That's the only way to accomplishment," he said, adding that their program for the coming five also envisages steps in that direction. Tsarukyan further referred to French-Armenian singer Charles Aznavour's question on necessary steps to prevent migration. "It is important to do everything possible to change the social-economic conditions in the country, enhance the business environment and create new jobs," he said. Speaking of the upcoming parliamentary election, the PAP leader stressed the importance of conducting free and fair polls. "The entire political arena has to unite round fair elections," he said, considering the measure an appropriate way to protect a voter's right. Tsarukyan promised that the PAP will do its best to return the people's belief and trust. "We have never disappointed the people and this time too, we will justify your hopes. We will have the prosperous Armenia all dream about," he said.
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- 1863 The Sultan confirms the shortened version of the National Constitution of Western Armenians.
- 1863 Turkish government approves the 1860 05 24 "National Constitution" with severe restrictions and censorship.
- 1865 Birth of Manuk Abeghyan (linguist) in Astapat, Nakhichevan (Armenia). He died in 1944.
- 1872 Birth of Nathan Amirkhanian (Knyazev), composer, conductor, organist and teacher. He was a Director of the Odessa Opera and also organized Armenian Choirs in Baku.
- 1898 Russia's committee of Ministries decides to give Armenian school properties to the state authorities.
- 1922 Birth in Alexandropol (Gyoomree) of Sergey Hambardzoomian, mechanics scholar and academician. He was Vice-President of the Armenian Academy of Science, and Rector of Yerevan State University.
- 1962 Khojivank's Cemetery of Tbilisi, which had long since become a park by this time, was now to be called the Armenian Pantheon of Culture. Thirty four remains (Toomanian, Aghayan, Mooratsan, Jivany, Akhverdian, Oganezashvily and others) lie here. The first to be interred was the Great Komitas, who had died in a Paris asylum - after losing his mind on receivng the news of the 1915 Genocide.
- 1963 Sixth Election of the Armenian SSR's Supreme Soviet.
- 1975 Birth of Alexander Jivelegov, in New Nakhitshevan (Rostov, Russia). He was a historian, art and literature critic, translator, and corresponding member of the Armenian Academy of Science.