Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Protests Continue in Armenia After Parliament Talks Collapse
The ruling Republican Party in Armenia has decided not to nominate a candidate for Prime Minister on May 1st. Party spokesman Eduard Sharmazanov stated that the decision was an attempt to "avoid confrontation and an increase in security risks."
Opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan has officially declared
his candidacy for Prime Minister. Although the Republican Party holds a majority of parliament seats, Armenia's second largest party, Prosperous Armenia, has indicated potential support.
Pashinyan had called
for protesters to return to the streets after April 25 talks between the ruling party and the opposition were cancelled late on April 24. Pashinyan, who led previous rounds of protests which resulted in the resignation of Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan, had urged protesters to continue demonstrations until the government acceded to a transition of power.
HUNGARY & UKRAINE:
Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Peter Szijjarto stated
that Hungary would continue to oppose further NATO talks with Ukraine on the basis of proposed amendments to the law on citizenship. The proposals, prepared for Ukraine's Rada by President Petro Poroshenko, would impose sanctions against citizens of Ukraine who hold dual citizenship and vote in the elections of other countries.
Hungary is concerned about the effect of this legislation on Hungarian-Ukrainian dual citizens living in Ukraine. This is the latest in a series of proposed measures that Hungary views as restricting the rights of national minorities in Ukraine.