1. ‘Not fit for purpose’ – this was the judgment by ruling Republican party for current speaker of Armenian parliament Tigran Torosyan. A judgment which was expected as soon as it became known that the head of presidential administration Hovik Abrahamyan decided to run for a vacant position of deputy. This decision paves the way for him to become a speaker of Armenian parliament (he has just been released of duties as head of presidential administration ). If anyone wonders what “Mook” means, it’s his nickname (“Mouse” in Armenian). Just to put the record straight, I cannot stand current speaker of Armenian parliament Tigran Torosyan. But to replace him with “Mook”?.. Worse with worse? Anyone who had any doubts about sustainability of current Armenian parliament has to think again. For me, the answer is clear: This parliament must go! The sooner the better, otherwise they are making a mockery of the notion of “parliamentarism” in Armenia. This development puts a big cloud on announced intentions by current Armenian authorities to make changes in Armenia, in line with its local and European obligations. Do we trust them?
2. Local elections were held in some Yerevan districts over Sunday. The situation was particularly tense in Arabkir district where current head of local administration (member of ruling Republican party which refused to openly endorse him), a businessman (close to the authorities) and opposition representative (Heritage party) were running for the position of district chief. There was at least one instance of stabbing, beatings in Arabkir region (even Public TV’s Haylur reported it yesterday), accompanied with reports of vote buying and other irregularities. According to preliminary results, businessman ‘won’.