2021 June 27

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Daily news wrap-up

News - Jun/27/2021: weekend news recap about elections, borders, road repairs, foreign and domestic affairs
by ar_david_hh


This is your 5-minute weekend report in 1215 words.

Revealed: the UK’s business links to Nagorno-Karabakh gold mines

It's a lengthy investigative piece by Open Democracy. It involves U.S. officials from the George HW Bush administration, gold miners, the post-Soviet oil boom in Azerbaijan, and more.

https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/odr/revealed-the-uks-business-links-to-nagorno-karabakh/

Armenian: https://factor.am/387562.html

border news

MOD: An old video was circulated today showing a confrontation between Armenian and Azeri soldiers on the border. It was from an earlier incident. Different parts of it are only now being shared by Azeris.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1056683.html

MOD: Azeri MOD spread misinformation claiming that the Armenian side opened fire towards Azeri positions in Gegharkunik for several hours. Moreover, it was Azeris who opened a non-targeted fire, to which we did not respond.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1056692.html

Azeri soldiers prevented residents of a Syunik border village from collecting the hay from a field near the border. The residents filed a complaint. The Armenian 1st Army Corps dispatched soldiers across the area, and the hay was collected.

https://factor.am/387565.html

number of individuals charged with felony voter bribery

... is 40. Five of them are members of opposition alliances/parties and were running under the ballot.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1056648.html

voter bribery suspect flees Armenia after the court lifts pre-trial arrest

One of the MP candidates was arrested and charged with voter bribery. The court instructed authorities to release the suspect before the trial. The suspect fled Armenia. The authoritiesd launched an international manhunt.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1056648.html

NGOs warn the authorities not to "abuse power" and to take steps to make regional authorities "more independent"

The letter says: even if the Odzun village mayor distributed voter bribes [on behalf of Kocharyan alliance], that is not a valid reason to assault him or to pressure him to resign. The bribery report had already been sent to prosecutors; let them handle it.

You should not urge mayors to resign in general. You can't say "our team won the majority in your settlement so it should be a message for you to resign because you no longer enjoy public support".

https://factor.am/387399.html

electoral commission publishes the final results

QP 53.91% (win mandates)

HD 21.09% (win mandates)

PU 5.22% (win mandates)

Gagik Tsarukyan 3.95%

Aram Sargsyan 3.03%

Levon 1.54% (<--- sad)

Babajanyan 1.5%

Edmon Marukyan 1.22%

Full: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1056689.html

electoral commission turns down Kocharyan-Serj's plea to invalidate election results

The main opposition alliances asked the electoral body to cancel the election results, citing "violations during campaign and voting process." The commission rejected the petition, saying the recorded violations did not affect the results.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1056696.html https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1056701.html

electoral commission reveals the number of seats for each party

QP: 68 + Yezidi, Russian, Kurdish minority = 71 seats

HD: 26 + Assyrian minority + 2 more gifted seats to ensure opposition meets the minimum 36 seat threshhold = 29 seats

PU: 7 seats

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1056701.html https://factor.am/387532.html

president of Kazakhstan congratulated Pashinyan

Tokaev: Dear Nikol Vovaevich, congrats. The voting results show that the public supports your steps to strengthen the state, national unity, and establishment of stability. I wish you good luck and I hope we can improve AM-KZ relations as part of EAEU.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1056670.html

Foreign Minister of Romania:

I congratulated Pashinyan on the victory during the well-organized democratic elections. The reform process aimed at democratization and modernization that began earlier should become a new strategic priority for Armenia.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1056673.html

Canada will explore ways to help democracy in Armenia

Canadian MFA said they are working with their diplomats in the EU to find ways to strengthen democracy and institutes in Armenia, to help the civil society.

The research will last several months. The Canadian delegation will meet the members of the Armenian govt, NGOs, journalists.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1056659.html

Artsakh summons Security Council meeting

... to discuss the water reserves available for capital Stepanakert during draughts. They discussed water delivery and storage reforms.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1056661.html

Armavir residents held a protest over interruption of irrigation water

They closed the Armavir-Yerevan road to receive answers. The water delivery company representative met them and explained that a nearby water pipe broke three days ago and is currently being fixed.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1056665.html

COVID stats over the weekend

7,386 tested. 162 infected. 135 healed. 3 death. 2633 active.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1056647.html https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1056688.html

U.S. armed forces are installing and modernizing three fire and rescue facilities in Shirak province

... under the guidance of the U.S. embassy.

https://www.1lurer.am/hy/2021/06/26/ԱՄՆ-ը-հրշեջ-փրկարարական-կայանների-շինարարական-երեք-նախագիծ-է-իրականացնում-ՀՀ-Շիրակի-մարզում/504310

Gegharkunik's Vardenis will have two of its roads asphalted and new sidewalks installed

... as part of a federal subsidy program.

https://factor.am/387456.html

road and bicycle path repairs in Goris, Syunik

Infrastructure Minister: We consider the improvement of the road network in Goris as a priority. The reconstruction of the riparian district continues. A number of damaged streets are being rebuilt.

The sidewalks near the Vararakn river are being rebuilt at the moment. The lighting network is being revamped. A bicycling path is being built.

It's part of a co-subsidy program by the federal govt, local govt, and World Bank.

https://factor.am/387534.html

North-South highway project continues: Talin-Gyumri

Construction of asphalt road has resumed in Trans-3 and 4 sections. The asphalt will have 3 layers: 8cm base, 7cm coarse, 5cm fine. In some areas, they had to add 10 meters of soil to level the road.

The Chinese construction firm decided to work every day of the week and even hired sub-contractors to meet the deadlines. They will asphalt a 50km section this year.

Chinese firm: we fell behind the schedule due to technical issues. Since it's summer now and the days are longer, we decided to take advantage of it.

https://youtu.be/VXXLdIeEZhM

watch out for the train

South Caucasus Railways says the number of incidents involving careless drivers has increased this year.

On Sunday, the train carrying 100 passengers struck a Mercedes with 6 passengers near Zartonk village. All 6 are family members. 4 were hospitalized with injuries.

The crossing had appropriate signs visible from 300 meters, audio and visual signals. The train needs 500-1000 meters to stop, reminds the Railways.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/217235 https://factor.am/387537.html

young diasporans visit Armenia as part of "Step Toward Home" repatriation-boosting program

Diaspora Committee: in the first three days, 100 young diasporans from 8 states visited Matenadaran, Oshakan, AGBU virtual university, and Tsitsernakaberd. They also began taking language, culture, and music classes.

https://factor.am/387545.html

diasporan doctor volunteers to treat wounded soldiers in Armenia

Doctor-physiotherapist Andre Daribdanyan flew from La Cañada Flintridge (Los Angeles County) to Armenia last month to help the wounded boys. Sometimes he has to use Google Translate to communicate with patients.

Q: what made you travel to Armenia?

Doctor D.: I'm from the U.S. but I'm ethnic Armenian so I wanted to come to Armenia and help. I admire the work done by the doctors and professors at the clinic where I work. I'd like to say that any Armenian who does not live in Armenia but wants to come, should come... Our soldiers are very resilient.

Interview: https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/217153

Goldmoney Asian Rapid chess: Levon Aronian defeats Magnus Carlsen

Aronian defeated the world's #1 player and began leading the tournament. After a couple of draws and wins, he is currently sharing the first position with Chinese Ding Liren. The next matches are tomorrow.

https://a1plus.am/hy/article/406418

Friday news

https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/o7vzxc/news_jun252021_1_hid_43_days_in_hadrut_2/

Перевод на русский by impossible-ad-

https://www.reddit.com/r/ArmDailyReports_RUS_/comments/o85sgy/новости_из_армении_за_25_июня_2021

end of report

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Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/o9dlw7/news_jun272021_weekend_news_recap_about_elections/

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