Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has postponed his planned visit to the US till after 23 September in order to participate in the elections for the Council of Elders of Yerevan. In a message on facebook he said that he wanted to show that every vote counts.
The elections for the Council of Elders will be the first test of Pashinyan's popularity with voters since the events of last spring which brought him to power amid street protests.
The Armenian leader is expected to make his first address to the UN General Assembly and meet with US Officials during his visit to the United States.
source: commonspace.eu with agencies
photo: Thousands demonstrated on the streets of Yerevan in August to mark the 100 days of the coming to power of Nikol Pashinyan, but the elections of the Yerevan Council of Elders on 23 September will be the first test of his popularity expressed through the ballot box. (archive picture)
Azerbaijani media identified him as Bahram Hasanzada, a foreign citizen, and says he "was engaged in espionage according to instructions from foreign services, to the detriment of Azerbaijan's state security".
The report makes a number of recommendations that "aim to guide peace negotiators, policymakers, donors, and national and international civil society activists who work to promote mutual understanding and peace between the societies divided by the Nagorny Karabakh conflict".