On May 1, Armenia's parliament voted
against opposition and protest leader Nikol Pashinyan's bid to become the country's Prime Minister. The final vote was 56 to 45, with all but one member of Armenia's ruling Republican Party opposing Pashinyan.
Pashinyan then called for continued strikes and protests from May 2 onward.
A second vote will be held on May 8th, and snap elections will be held if that second vote does not afford a simple majority to Pashinyan or any other candidate who gathers the support needed to run.
Ukraine's chief prosecutor has effectively frozen
four cases that involve Paul Manafort, former campaign manager to U.S. President Donald Trump.
In other news, Ukrainian Defense Minister General Stepan Poltorak announced
that Ukrainian armed forces would begin training on May 2 to deploy the Javelin anti-tank missile systems supplied by the United States.
Hungarian judges have begun resigning
en masse from the country's judiciary watchdog, the National Judicial Council. These developments came just before the council was set to announce its decision in its investigation of judiciary head Tunde Hando, a major ally of recently re-elected Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The Council condemned
Hando on May 2 for working to pack the country's courts with judges favorable to Orban. Some observers suspect the departures were forced.
Uzbek and Turkish leaders have signed
$3 billion worth of deals for joint energy, transport, and tourism projects during a recent state visit to Tashkent. This is the latest step in Uzbek president Shavkat Mirziyoev's stated policy of rapprochement with Turkey. His predecessor, Islam Karimov, had cut bilateral ties in the 1990's.