Armenia. According to
CountryAAH, the total population in Armenia is 2,963,254 people in 2020.
The political opposition launched a boycott of
Parliament's work in February after the regime refused to
debate a referendum on the confidence of President Robert Kotjarjan. The Constitutional Court had proposed a
referendum, since Kotjarjan was considered to have won the
presidential election in 2003 through electoral fraud.
In March, the Justice Party and the National Unity Party
began demonstrations to force Kotjarjan from power, but the
protests then weakened as the police hit hard on the
protesters. However, the boycott of parliament continued.
In May, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev warned that his
country was ready to go back to war with Armenia. The
statement came on the tenth anniversary of the ceasefire
between the two countries that closed in 1994, when
Azerbaijan had lost the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave to Armenia.
The Azerbaijani president said he was trying to reach a
peaceful solution to the conflict, but said his army was
prepared to "liberate" the area. Although the presidents of
both countries met for negotiations in September, the peace
process seemed to be at a standstill.
During the year, the regime announced a plan to tackle
widespread poverty. Armenia. has in recent years carried out
privatizations and market reforms and has had an annual
economic growth of about 10%. Despite the significant
reduction in poverty, approximately 40% of the population
was estimated to live below the poverty line at the
beginning of the year.