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“In 2008 slavish mentality wasn’t as strong as now”

The main goal of Grigor Voskerchyan, lawmaker’s candidate of Congress-HZhK alliance in N10 precinct is not voicing local issues, but explaining people possibly well their project of peace. “By solving our local issues, we don’t solve general issues; people want justice and jobs, and those aren’t local problems, they should be solved on nationwide bases. And I don’t speak of asphalting and other local issues, as it is meaningless to touch upon such issues,” Grigor Voskerchyan, lawmaker’s candidate of Congress-HZhK alliance, told “A1+”.

If we are not guided by the project of peace, the only result, according to Grigor Voskerchyan, will be defeat, “We explain the people that we do not resort to sales of lands; we are going to affirm our victory. It is the element of our explanation. Our project is a plan to end victory with a full stop. It means that it is a project of victory.”

He hasn’t faced serious obstacles during the campaign, but their headquarters receive many cases of forgery- damaging posters, enrollment of people, “As a rule, we don’t voice it much, as we are the people, who witnessed events in 2008, when we saw cases of use of violence, limitation of people’s freedom and even worse.”

These elections differ from previous ones with the way of thinking of people, “In 2008 slavish mentality among the people wasn’t as strong as now.”

The reason for the current situation, says Grigor Voskerchyan, is high level of poverty. The authorities, realizing this, refrain from saying in their precincts that they represent the Republican Party; they are trying to gather votes for concrete individuals.


Ohanyan-Raffi-Oskanian alliance is in Alashkert: live

Ohanyan-Raffi-Oskanian alliance is in Alashkert; you can follow live on “A1+”.


Sari Tagh residents resort to hunger and sit-in strike

The relatives of the detainees along lines of the case of Sari Tagh events are going to hold a sit-in strike in front of the RA Prosecutor General’s Office. Lala Bernetsyan, wife of Eduard Zeytunyan, who was detained after Sari Tagh events, told “A1+” about it.

Her husband Eduard Zeytunyan yesterday started a hunger strike, demanding to review the charge levied against him. Eduard Zeytunyan and other 9 Sari Tagh residents, who were detained, are charged with use of dangerous violence against government representative. They are going to star termless hunger strike one by one. The relatives of the detainees, though, claim that they had only demanded so that their electricity and water supply be turned on and closed roads be opened.

The case is under trial. It is investigated in the Court of General Jurisdiction of Erebuni and Nubarashen Administrative Districts. Seven policemen were recognized the aggrieved party along lines of the case. 17 out of 22 witnesses are policemen. The court hearing into the case was postponed until April 13.


Decision on Samvel Babayan’s detention to be appealed

The decision on two months’ detention of former commander of Defense Army Samvel Babayan will be appealed in the Court of Appeal. As Samvel Babayan’s advocate Avetis Kalashyan told “A1+”, in the court Samvel Babayan announced that he doesn’t admit charges levied against him and he considered it to be obviously baseless.

To remind, the RA National Security Service detained Samvel Babayan on March 22 for an attempt to smuggle an Igla anti-aircraft missile system from Georgia into Armenia. Two other people were also detained. They, according to the NSS, were guided by Babayan’s instructions.

Samvel Babayan also announced in the court that he had no connection with those two people.


Ohanyan-Raffi-Oskanian alliance is in Karakert: live

You can follow the pre-election meetings of Ohanyan-Raffi-Oskanian alliance live on “A1+”.


Serzh Sargsyan visits Komitas Pantheon

In connection with the 10th year of death of state and political figure, former Prime Minister Andranik Margaryan, today Serzh Sargsyan visited Komitas Pantheon and paid tribute to the memory of eminent political figure.


“They aim at making our life less prosperous”

“A1+” interviewed economist Vahagn Khachatryan, candidate for lawmaker nominated with the list of Congress-HZhK alliance.

Topic- plans and the vision of the alliance


AR MoD: Ceasefire violated 40 times

On March 24-25 overnight on the Line of Contact between the opposing forces of Artsakh and Azerbaijan, the adversary violated the ceasefire regime about 40 times, firing more than 220 shots from different caliber rifle weapons towards the Armenian positions.

The DA vanguard units refrained from retaliatory actions and continued confidently carrying out their military duty.

AR MoD


Samvel Babayan detained for two months: Azatutyun

The Court of General Jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork-Marash Administrative Districts upheld the mediation of the National Security Service to detain Samvel Babayan for two months.

Read more on Azatutyun RFE/RL


Hosni Mubarak freed after six years in detention

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been freed from detention, six years after being overthrown following the Arab Spring uprising in 2011.

On Friday, Mubarak left a military hospital in southern Cairo and went to his home in the northern suburb of Heliopolis.

Mubarak was the first leader to face trial after the Arab Spring uprisings that swept the region. He was accused of inciting the deaths of protesters in the 18-day revolt.

He also faced a number of other charges that eventually were dismissed.

Earlier this month, he was cleared of the murder charges.

Mubarak’s lawyer confirmed that the former leader is now ensconced at home in the upscale Heliopolis neighborhood.

Mr Mubarak, 88, became president in 1981 after Anwar Sadat’s assassination.

He had been at Maadi Military Hospital since 2013, when he was transferred there on bail from Torah prison.

Mr Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted in 2012 of complicity in the killing of protesters who died at the hands of security forces in February, 2011.

Another trial was held and a judge decreed in May 2015 that Mr Mubarak could be released from detention.


Karen Karapetyan says he is unaware of illegal campaigning

Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan says he is unaware of the lists of voters drawn up by directors of kindergartens and schools.

“I have just said that I know nothing about the fact,” he said.

Commenting the statement of the Heritage Party leader Raffi Hovannisian, who said they are determined to continue their struggle no matter where they are – in prison or in the street, Mr Karapetyan said, “I avoid such things because I think that arbitrary destabilization poses danger to the country.


ORO alliance to turn to CEC

During their campaign rally in Armenia’s Spitak town, members of the ORO alliance referred to the evidence collected by the Union of Informed Citizens (UIC) according to which school principals in Armenia pressurize staff members and pupils’ parents to vote for the ruling Republican Party (HHK) in the April parliamentary elections. The UIC claims that the ruling party abused its administrative resource making heads of schools and kindergartens draw up lists of voters who will vote for the HHK in the April 2 vote.

“We regret to know that the authorities have involved teachers in their dirty games. I know that they [teachers] get involved in this dirty election games against their will,” said Armen Martirosyan, a senior member of the ORO alliance.

“We shall turn to the Central Electoral Commission with a demand to disallow HHK’s participation in the parliamentary elections,” he added.


Karen Karapetyan: Our team really knows how to change the country

The Republican Party of Armenia today met voters of Yerevan’s Ajapnyak district.

Addressing the participants of the meeting, [Prime Minister] Karen Karapetyan said they are going to ratify the document on establishing a free-trade zone between Iran and Armenia.

“I think the free economic zone will be established in September or October,” he said.

Karen Karapetyan stressed that the HKK offers the most comprehensive platform that gives answers to all important questions.

“Our team really knows how to change the country. Our team is convinced that it can be done no matter of how skeptical people are and in what environment we live,” he added.


Seyran Ohanyan: We have got stuck in the same place

Former Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan who leads the ORO alliance says the parliamentary elections scheduled for April 2 imply more responsibility than the presidential elections.

Mr Ohanyan dwelt on a number of obstacles hindering the development of the country. He stressed that we do not have managers to take the country forward.

“We have got stuck in the same place over years and registered regression,” he said. Ohanyan stressed that although the three of them were once in power, they saw the pain experienced by their compatriots.

“There are not people among us whose friends, relatives or neighbours have seized the government or plundered the country,” he said.


Abuse of administrative resources at schools and kindergartens: Yelk holds rgent press conference

Members of the Yelk (Way Out) alliance, Alen Simonyan and Artak Zeynalyan are holding an urgent press conference in connection with the 114 recordings released today which show abuse of administrative resources at schools and kindergartens.


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