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2018 November 16

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Anti-Corruption Daily

by ar_david_hh

All the accused are innocent until proven guilty by the court of law. Currency in Armenian Drams unless specified otherwise.

An OEK candidate for Yerevan Municipality elections has been charged with election fraud and bribery. He is accused of pressuring election monitors to commit fraud, who subsequently filed a complaint with the observers http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/148600

The Parliament has failed to pass 8 bills, mostly important ones, due to lack of MPs in the session. Two of the bills were presented by HHK itself, about prohibiting protests near churches and giving the Catholicos a government-funded security personal written as a law. HHK and ARF leadership argued that security personal should be given as a matter of law, while QP and BHK argued that the government already provides security whenever its necessary, and a separate law is not needed. HHK MP argued that the law is needed to protect the Catholicos from gays. The bill only received 28 votes, out of 53 necessary. http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/148591

... This angered Eduard Shawarmazanov, who framed this as an attempt by the new government to protect “gomiks” (the slur “faggot” in Armenian). He then demonstratively left the Parliament session. The rest of HHK followed him out, ignoring their colleague PM Speaker Babloyan's urges to stay and vote on important bills.

https://youtu.be/5lO463wn2SY?t=5

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https://armenpress.am/arm/news/954797.html —- https://armenpress.am/arm/news/954761.html

... QP Sasun Mikaelyan proposes to officially recognize the 28 MPs who voted for the Catholicos bill as "saints". Criticizes HHK for politicizing the church. Says the public distrust towards the current church leadership was formed during the HHK administration https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5h17PoafkkY

... Eduard “Straightman” Shawarmazanov complaints that in the past 6 months, they’ve seen the rise of “gomik” and non-Christian propaganda. Says there were no protests against the church during HHK administration. https://youtu.be/ieXtM7L2waE

The government is working on a new law that will tax the gambling centers (and possibly lotteries) based on their earned revenues. Apparently that is not the case right now http://panarmenian.net/m/arm/news/262389

QP supporters in Martuni have shut down the highway. They are complaining that the Rating voting system, which the government unsuccessfully attempted to repeal, is undemocratic and ignores their opinion http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/148576

HHK has argued that it was Nikol Pashinyan who incited violence on March 1, 2008 by calling for people to attack the government. The records show that Pashinyan called for the crowds to be peaceful, and used the “invade the government” metaphorically while explicitly saying that the "invasion" is them using tents in the public square and other peaceful means of protests. On 2008, when he was charged with hooliganism, he wasn’t charged with incitement of violence on March 1st http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/148274

An energy company will invest funds to build a 200MW wind farm in Armenia https://hetq.am/hy/article/98220

The fake news campaign against Pashinyan cabinet members continues. Education Minister’s Facebook post was screenshoted, edited to include typos and a new sentence to make it appear as if he was requiring staff to vote for him. The incident took place the day after HHK was criticizing the Minister for sending his children to private schools http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/148526

Azerbaijan is mad at France for welcoming Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan in a diplomatic visit. Baku vows to review the diplomatic ties with France http://panarmenian.net/m/arm/news/262383

Link to original report: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/9xp86p/anticorruption_nov162018/

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