YEREVAN. – The recent political events in the Republic of Armenia (RA) have caused some concern for the foreign ambassadors who are accredited in the country, Zhoghovurd (People) newspaper reported.
“Taking into account the events of [Tuesday,] October 2, the European countries’ several ambassadors to the RA have expressed concern to the RA authorities as to whether the domestic political situation in Armenia can create any obstacles in terms of ensuring the safety of the high-ranking guests—especially, of the leaders of their countries—who are invited [to capital city Yerevan] to participate in the [forthcoming] La Francophonie summit.
“But the RA authorities have given assurances that there will be no problem, no inconvenience.
“Zhoghovurd daily tried to clarify the information from the RA government staff, from where they informed in response that they did not receive [any] reports, or concerns, from ambassadors,” Zhoghovurd wrote.
As reported earlier, the National Assembly (NA) on Tuesday passed the controversial bill on making amendments to the NA rules of procedure. But as per Prime Minister Pashinyan and the NA “Way Out” (Yelk) Faction, this proposed law will enable to prevent the holding of a snap parliamentary election once the PM resigns from office.
The former ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA), the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Dashnaktsutyun Party, and the Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP)-supported “Tsarukyan” factions in parliament voted for this bill.
Subsequently, and upon the call by the PM, thousands of people blocked the NA building, from Tuesday night to early Wednesday morning. As a result, the deputies were “stranded” in the parliament building over night.