YEREVAN. – Hraparak daily of Armenia writes: The ruling [majority] "Civil Contract" [(CC)] Faction of the National Assembly has decided to combine the pleasant with the useful—to hold an extended away session. They have launched a three-day gathering on January 28-30.
The CC MPs are leaving for Dilijan where they will discuss—in one of the guest houses—their upcoming things to do, behavior, public manifestations of [their] contacts with the opposition, etc.
We were told that this gathering was supposed to take place back in mid-January, but it was postponed for some reasons.
In particular, [PM Nikol] Pashinyan was supposed to attend, too, but the gathering was postponed due to information leakage.
It is noteworthy that yesterday Pashinyan announced being infected with the coronavirus and self-isolating. Does this mean that he will not attend the upcoming gathering? "It's not clear yet," said our CC source. But Pashinyan is [self-]isolated with the coronavirus. "If he wishes, he will attend with a [face] mask," said our source.
The circumstance of this session is noteworthy also in that the authorities will avoid—under the name of an extended session—attending the Army Day events.