Government Officials Respond To ‘No To Plunder’ Movement

Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan speaks to reporters at the Economic Agenda 2015 forum in Yerevan
Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan speaks to reporters at the Economic Agenda 2015 forum in Yerevan

Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan speaks to reporters at the Economic Agenda 2015 forum in Yerevan

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)—Various public officials responded to the growing “No To Plunder” protest movement on Tuesday, with Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan confirming with reporters at the Economic Agenda 2015 forum in Yerevan that the government will use extra budget sums to cover the cost of increased electricity prices beginning on August 1.  He did not go into detail about the sources of the funds.

Abrahamyan told reporters that there can be no discussion on whether the owner of the Armenian Electric Network will be changed or not. He said that the decision to conduct an audit of the body was rational.

“It was a correct decision, and will help to disperse the mistrust in the Public Services Regulatory Commission and the Electric Network of Armenia.”

Abrahamyan said that future steps will be determined after the audit has been conducted. He further added that an agreement on the company that will conduct the audit will be reached by July 10.

Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Yevand Zakharyan said in turn that concrete discussions on the nationalization of the Electric Networks of Armenia will be held also after the audit is completed.

In statement released on Tuesday, Speaker of the Armenian National Assembly, Galust Sahakyan, also gave his thoughts on the protests, urging members of the “No To Plunder” movement to remain within the limits of the law and to move the struggle onto more “rational” platforms of dialogue and cooperation.

“I urge the members of the ‘No To Plunder’ initiative to remain within the limits of legality, exclude any uncontrollable and unpredictable development of the situation, transform the struggle onto more rational platform of dialogue and cooperation, mitigate the atmosphere of general distrust with steps of compromise, jointly find solutions for the social-economic and systemic problems the country faces, proving the viability and truth of the slogan ‘We are the Owners of Our Country.’”

In his statement, Sahakyan also said that he appreciated the “new generation” guaranteeing the country’s future strength, and that it is “necessary to implement a complete examination and prosecute the perpetrators of possible excessive use of force by the police toward protesters and journalists on the morning of June 23.”

Sahakyan also noted that “different forces” aimed at turning the struggle of activists into goals that contradict national-state interests were “extremely dangerous.”

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  1. Vahagn said:

    “Plunder” is not the proper word to describe the crimes, committed by Russian and Armenian rulers – this is a very clear ROBBERY AND PICKPOCKETING. From the Armenian side there is a very clear indication of a TREASON – handing over the entire economy of Armenia to Putin. And this has been done with direct involvement of the fundamental CORRUPTION AND CRIMINAL BROTHERHOOD. All these could be pretty DEADLY for any country.

  2. Mkhitar Yepremyan said:

    Let Hovik Abrahamian or Galust Sahakyan not play dump as they do not know who is plundering the national wealth of Armenia. Serzh Sarkissian is the head of the Pyramid ( Talanchi Gang ), Vladimir Gasparyan ( the alcapon face- half drunk- murderer ) being Serz Sarkissian’s hand picked unleashed tyrant, Hovik Abrahamyan the bouncer and the smiley damage control speaker of the parliament Galust Sahakian being in the front lines.
    Serzh Sarkissian the Talanchi gang leader is seating on the helm and all other oligarchs protecting him to keep him in power.
    Let all these oligarkhs who think they are the owners of our nation and the people as pee ones get their acts together, forget the audit commissions and get all the mess they created by going into their unearned monies and pay for all of Armenia’s national debt and start reviving the Armenia’s economy or just get the hell of Armenia period. The hell with all of them and their gang leader Serzh Sarkissian. Enough is enough. Enough of these bastards sucking Armenia’s wealth and putting Armenia’s security in danger. Enough of diaspora’s Armenian organization’s kissing Serz Sarkissian’s BUTT! He can no more get our votes by giving medals here and there!
    As for diaspora’s minister, Hranoush Hagopian, she must ask all these oligarkhs to put their money in Armenian banks and use these monies in advancement of Armenia’s economy or she can also get out of the picture! As for fake smiley foreign minister who signed the ill faith Turkish- Armenian protocals and now he is the front runner of the Armenian causes, he can also pack and go. And for Levon Ter Petropsian who destroyed Armenia’s industrial infrastructure, this no good foreign agent, he can go to hell taking his behind the screen conspirator wife with him. And for Vartan Oskanian and his girl friend,( S.G. ) there is a message and that is stop
    flaming discontent against Armenian government ( good or bad ) or the hell with you two also. And for Raffi Hovanissian, you are still young and inexperienced and please for God’s sake do not step in the same path as Vartan Oskanian has chosen to take.
    Armenians and only true Armenians are the true owners of HAYASTAN and no body else. The hell to all. Armenia can not be a football field where all idiot so called superpowers have chosen as a place to fight their stupid fights. Armenia is the cradle of civilization and we are the chosen people. Armenia is the binding glue of this whole world without which we are, all nations, going to hay wire. MENK ENK TERE MER YERKRI BUT NO BODY ELSE.

  3. Anto said:

    Stop selling our resources .and by the way have you heard of wind power .you can put few thousand machinist and electrician’s to good for the economy, to make this turbine wind power generators and harvest the power it is free !!!!!

  4. Anto said:

    Stop selling our resources .and by the way have you heard of wind power .you can put few thousand machinist and electrician’s to work good for the economy, to make this turbine wind power generators and harvest the power it is free !!!!!

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