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 December 5 , 2003 


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Georgia on My Mind: Politicians reflect on power play to the north


Georgia's "velvet revolution" became a topic of lively discussions in public transport, in yards and around family tables of Armenia this week as people are talking about the victory of the Georgian opposition and reflecting on the defeat of Armenia's opposition earlier this year.

Members of Armenia's National Assembly closely watched as their neighbor's president was run out of office. Locally, opposition forces took courage (and some envy) from what happened in Georgia. Pro-government leaders, meanwhile, said it would be a mistake for the opposition here to draw parallels or get ideas for something similar.


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Unrest in the Neighborhood: After Georgia's "velvet revolution", what now?


Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze resigned his post on Sunday, but the veteran politician lost control of his country long before.

By the time the president had declared a state of emergency last Saturday evening, emergencies in Abkhazia, Southern Osetia and Adjaria had long-since contributed to the general conditions that prompted an uprising in Tbilisi.


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Tax and Spend: Armenia boosts social spending as economy delivers more revenues


The draft budget for 2004 shows that Armenia's government expects to spend 15 per cent more than it earns in tax revenues next year.

The National Assembly began consideration of the budget proposals this week, which Vardan Khachatryan, Minister of Finances and Economy, said would place less reliance on external financing than in previous years as a result of domestic economic growth.


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Unrest in the Neighborhood: After Georgia's "velvet revolution", what now?

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Cultural Concern: Armenia's few cases of glue sniffing are enough to worry officials

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Play for Pay

A concert in Yerevan last weekend promoted Thursday's All Armenia Fund telethon. Overall the telethon raised more than $6 million, with some $600,000 coming from within Armenia.

 

 





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