Ex-Armenian President Kocharian behind bars again
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Former Armenian President Robert Kocharian has been jailed for a third time in a case that he contends is political revenge by the country's current...
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — A court in Armenia has opened a trial of the country's former president on charges stemming from a deadly police crackdown on a demonstration a decade ago.
Armenians march to commemorate deadly 2008 clash
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — About 10,000 people have gathered in the capital of Armenia to mark the anniversary of a deadly clash at a 2008 protest rally in which the current prime minister was one of...
Armenian prime minister’s bloc wins parliamentary majority
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — A bloc led by Armenia's relatively new prime minister trounced its political foes and won an overwhelming parliamentary majority in an early election, according to results released Monday.
Nikol Pashinian came to power in May after spearheading massive protests that forced his predecessor to step down. The 43-year-old former journalist pushed for the early vote held Sunday to win control of parliament, which was dominated by the rival Republican Party.
Armenia premier’s bloc winning vote, early returns show
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Early returns from Armenia's snap parliamentary election Sunday show the country's new prime minister's bloc with a commanding lead — an outcome that would help further consolidate his power.
The charismatic 43-year-old Nikol Pashinian took office in May after spearheading massive protests that forced his predecessor to step down. Pashinian has pushed for early vote to win control of a parliament that was dominated by his political foes.
Armenians set to cast ballots in snap parliamentary vote
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenians are set to vote in a snap parliamentary election this Sunday that is expected to cement the rule of the new prime minister who spearheaded the massive protests earlier this year that forced the resignation of his predecessor.
The charismatic 43-year-old Nikol Pashinian, who took office in May, pushed for the elections in a bid to win control of a parliament that was dominated by his political foes.
Former Armenian president is arrested for deadly crackdown
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — An Armenian court on Friday put the nation's former president in custody on charges linked to a deadly police crackdown on a 2008 protest over alleged voting fraud.
Robert Kocharian, 64, spent two weeks in jail last summer on charges of violating the constitutional order by sending police to break up the protest in the Armenian capital of Yerevan. He was freed on appeal, but on Friday a higher court ordered that he should stay behind bars.
Armenian parliament dissolved, early election set for Dec. 9
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia's president on Thursday dissolved parliament and called an early election, a political maneuver intended to unseat the current parliament majority.
President Armen Sarkisian's move is in sync with acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian's efforts to unseat his foes in parliament. Sarkisian set the early election for Dec. 9.
Armenian PM candidate gets 0 votes, as intended
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia's parliament has failed to choose a new prime minister, with deputies casting zero votes for the only candidate to bring about an early election.
Nikol Pashinian, who resigned as Armenian prime minister last week, was the only nominee in Wednesday's vote. Pashinian's party called in advance for lawmakers to withhold their support.
Armenian premier steps down, maneuvering for early election
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia's prime minister stepped down Tuesday, a political maneuver aimed at forcing an early election.
Nikol Pashinian, who took office in May after spearheading weeks of protests that forced the resignation of his predecessor, has pushed for an early parliamentary election this fall in a bid to unseat foes who maintain a majority.
He announced his resignation on live national television, saying that the early vote is needed "to return the power to the people."
Rwandan woman chosen to head body for French-speaking world
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Rwanda's top diplomat Louise Mushikiwabo has been chosen to lead the body that represents French speakers around the world, becoming the first African woman to hold the post.
The foreign minister replaces Canada's Michaelle Jean, who had sought re-election for the top job at the International Organization of Francophonie.
Armenia’s leader calls rally to protest ‘counterrevolution’
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia's prime minister led his supporters during a rally outside parliament Tuesday to protest what he called a "counterrevolution" by his political opponents.
Nikol Pashinian took office in May after spearheading weeks of protests that forced the resignation of his predecessor. He has pushed for an early parliamentary election, an effort to unseat foes who maintain a parliamentary majority.
Armenia’s new PM marks 100 days in office with giant rally
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia's new prime minister has marked his first 100 days in office by calling a rally that has attracted about 100,000 enthusiastic supporters.
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian took office in May after spearheading weeks of protests that forced the resignation of his predecessor. The 43-year-old former journalist had tapped simmering public discontent over the anemic economy and rampant corruption in the impoverished ex-Soviet nation.
Court orders former Armenian president released from jail
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — The lawyer for former Armenian President Robert Kocharian says he has been released from custody on a court order.
Kocharian was jailed July 27 on charges of violating constitutional order for sending police and soldiers to break up a demonstration in the Armenian capital in March 2008. Eight demonstrators and two police died in the clash.
The demonstration was to protest the results of an election two weeks earlier for Kocharian's replacement.
LONDON (AP) — Britain's Foreign Office on Thursday criticized "childish" Russian pranksters who phoned Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson posing as the leader of Armenia.
The Guardian newspaper said that Johnson was called by Alexei Stolyarov and Vladimir Kuznetsov, known as Lexus and Vovan.
One pretended to be new Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian, and the newspaper said that Johnson spoke to them for 18 minutes, discussing topics including the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has met with Armenia's new prime minister for the first time after former protest leader Nikol Pashinian was elected to the post.
Nikol Pashinian, an opposition figure who spearheaded weeks of nationwide protests, was elected by parliament last week. He and his supporters had pressured the country's long-term leader, Serzh Sargsyan, to step down rather than seek a power grab. Sargsyan's ten-year rule was marred by widespread corruption.
IDJEVAN, Armenia (AP) — Hope has bloomed in the hometown of Armenia's newly-named prime minister, for people see him as a man who was able to articulate their long-simmering anger and will now focus on their needs.
Nikol Pashinian spearheaded weeks of anti-government protests that rejected a move by the Caucasus nation's long-serving leader to avoid term limits and stay in power. Serzh Sargsyan was forced out of office and Pashinian, 42, was named prime minister May 8.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's prime minister says his country would be willing to assess requests for "a new page" in its relations with Armenia.
Binali Yildirim's comments Friday were in response to reports that Armenia's new prime minister, Nikol Pashinian, had called for the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two neighbors.
STEPANAKERT, Azerbaijan (AP) — Armenia's new prime minister marked his first full day in office Wednesday by visiting the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, pledging to maintain security guarantees for a region that's part of rival Azerbaijan.
Nikol Pashinian's visit was an effort to show continuity in his country's security policies after the weeks of protests that catapulted him to office, a stunning power shift for the impoverished former Soviet republic.
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — The man who spearheaded weeks of protests in Armenia was chosen Tuesday to be the country's new prime minister, and carries the weight of high hopes for a turnaround in the impoverished former Soviet republic.
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian faces an array of challenges, including a parliament dominated by the party he denounced as corrupt and how to resolve the volatile question of Nagorno-Karabakh, a region of Azerbaijan under the control of ethnic Armenian forces.
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — The Latest on Armenian politics (all times local):
Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry is criticizing the new Armenian prime minister's statements about resolving a territorial dispute over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — The Armenian opposition leader who is nearly certain to become the country's prime minister said Monday he won't seek political revenge in the wake of the past month of tensions.
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — After weeks of raucous protests, the streets of the Armenian capital suddenly calmed Thursday and the ruling party confirmed it would back an opposition leader to become prime minister next week.
The opposition lawmaker who led the protests in Yerevan, Nikol Pashinian, called for them to stop Thursday following the concession by the ruling party.