2018 October 9

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Anti-Corruption Daily

Anti-Corruption Oct/9/2018: you won't believe what happened...
by ar_david_hh

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

As you may know, the political parties have been discussing amendments to the electoral code for a while now. The electoral reforms commission head Daniel Ionessyan has submitted the following changes: Require at least 4 parties in the Parliament instead of 3, reduce the minimum passing % to 4% of the votes instead of 5% (+1% for alliances). Parties will receive more free air time for ads. Parties must organize public debates, with at least one being among the leaders. Soldiers will be given time to watch the process to make an informed decision. Recount rules will be relaxed. Election result rigging will be punishable by 8 years in prison, instead of 5. During the earlier proposal, it was also suggested to require military administration to leave the voting stations to allow soldiers to cast the vote without a pressure. Another proposal, which made it a crime to give or take a bribe during the election, has already became a law. http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/145926

Judge accepts SIS’s request to detain the H2 news network manager (or co-owner?) for 2 months, after another businessman testifies against him in a corruption case. http://hetq.am/arm/news/93839/samvel-mayrapetyany-erku-amsov-kalanavorvec.html

Vayots Dzor has seen the number is criminal cases against corrupt officials increase by 6x compared to 2017

16 MPs (mostly former and current HHK members) sign a pledge supporting snap Parliamentary elections. BHK has earlier signed a written pledge not to vote for any PM candidate in the event of Pashinyan's resignation. http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/145921

... HHK vice-president Ashotyan says some of the MPs were pressured to sign it, but brings the overall political climate as the cause of the pressure. http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/145943

... SIS releases a statement asking Ashotyan to either provide examples of SIS threatening him, or refrain from spreading misinformation. Ashotyan earlier said “now both Azatutyun media and SIS are threatening me, before it was only SIS”. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/950313.html

... one of the former HHK MPs denies being pressured http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/145945

On early 2018, IMF predicted a 3.4% economic growth. Now they’ve increased the forecast to 6%. For 2019, it has been increased from 3.5% to 4.8% http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/145939

The US has increased its foreign support aid to Armenia by $14mln. It is expected that the aid will be increased by $20mln for 2019. The funds will be mainly used for political and free press purposes http://hetq.am/arm/news/93836/amn-haytararum-e-hayastanin-uxxvox-ajakcutyan-tsavalneri-avelacman-masin.html

Yerevan Thermo-plant has been renovated by US General Electric and Japanese FUJI Electric companies. The plant’s production has increased by 7MW. The fuel efficiency has been imroved. The plant will need less frequent repairs in future http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/145913

Ministry of Territorial Development says there are currently 895 families who migrated from Azerbaijan to Armenia after the war. Some of them received apartments, but the aid had stopped since 2009. The ministry is looking into it... https://armenpress.am/arm/news/950286.html

Deputy PM Avinyan and Business Armenia initiative have agreed to help Canadian Atlas Pharmaceutical company to invest $1.2mln and create a research lab in the food and drug field. Products will be created and examined for domestic and EEU markets https://armenpress.am/arm/news/950296.html

Romania unanimously ratifies the ARM-EU partnership agreement http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/145938

Armenia’s hottest and freshest shawarma was at the Eurasian economic summit. He told the Azeri delegation to recognize the Artsakh people’s right to self-determination, after Azeri mini-Mejlis MP brought up a topic about Armenia “occupying 20% of Azerbaijan” http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/145942

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That Turkish shepherd, boy who got arrested then released for crossing the border, has decided to go to the border again... to take photos 😂 http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/145897

Francophone in pictures https://armenpress.am/arm/news/950306.html ..streaming from Francophone booths https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1uC4cOkaxA ... higher quality video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ufXTFS9NhA

The second suspect in Skripal poisoning case has been identified by Bellingcat as Aleksander Mishkin https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-45791378

Link to original report: https://old.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/9mt0ol/anticorruption_oct92018_you_wont_believe_what/

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