The strategic currency reserves of Azerbaijan held by the Azerbaijan Central Bank reached US$49.6bn over the last nine months.
A spokesperson for the Azerbaijani Finance Ministry said that the reserves help protect the Azerbaijani economy from negative trends in the global economy. Reserves stood at US$ 46 billion in 2012.
source: commonspace.eu with gun.az and news.az
Street protests continued in Yerevan on Thursday (19 April), and over one hundred persons were detained by police. Protestors are angry at the appointment of Serzh Sargsyan as Prime Minister at the end of his ten year stint as the country's president