In many countries people are returning back to work this week after a long Christmas and new year holiday. In Armenia, prime minister Nikol Pashinyan reminded his countrymen that work is the solution to their problems.
In a short facebook post, Pashinyan wrote "Congratulations to all of us on the first working day of the year. There is only one solution to all our problems, and that solution is called work. Long live the work!"
In the short time that he has been prime minister Pashinyan has already got a reputation for being hard working, and for demanding the same from his subordinates. Pashinyan will this week be putting together the final touches to his new government, expected to be formed once parliament reconvenes on Monday (14 January) for its first session after last month's election.
photo: Nikol Pashinyan (archive picture)
Ahead of the expected Armenia-Azerbaijan summit, Benyamin Poghosyan argues in this op-ed for commonspace.eu, that the negotiating paradigm based on the Madrid principles is doomed.
"In essence this is an olive branch to the government's critics", commonspace.eu political editor said in a comment. "Its significance should not be understated. President Aliyev has in the last weeks been preparing the country for major changes. This presidential pardon may well be the opening shot of more to come".