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MP Latest UN resolution contribution against raising fascism propaganda in Armenia

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The resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly against the glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and the elimination of the consequences caused by them can be a tool to counter the growth of fascism propaganda on the level of state policy in Armenia, Azerbaijani MP Elman Nasirov told Trend.

The Azerbaijani MP said that presently, there is a very dangerous tendency in the world and in a number of states fascism, its varieties, in particular neo-Nazism, are being promoted and heroized.

"It creates conditions for the spread of racial discrimination, xenophobia and we have to deal with all these dangerous trends. The origination and tendency of the development of a wave of neo-Nazism in the world are taking a dangerous turn," Nasirov said.

"During the summit of the heads of state of the CIS countries in Ashgabat, Azerbaijani president raised this issue and noted that the heroization of fascism has spread widely in Armenia, monuments to criminals serving fascism are erected, and their political views are promoted," the MP added.

According to Nasirov, a coordinated fight against these serious sources of danger has become extremely urgent.

"I think that this resolution, adopted by the UN General Assembly, can become a contribution to counteracting the rise of fascism propaganda to the level of state policy in Armenia. Considering that one of the authors of this project is Russia, and that these issues are prioritized in Russian Foreign Ministry'a May report, you get the feeling that a sharp reaction is expressed to the policy of fascism propaganda, particularly in Armenia," Nasirov said.

"Today it can be predicted that condemnation of this issue at the UN level should lead to the retreat and renunciation of the fascism glorification policy by Armenia. Otherwise, it turns out that Armenia is challenging the entire international community. I believe that the international community should demonstrate a decisive and principled position."

On Nov. 7, the UN General Assembly adopted another resolution against the glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and the elimination of the consequences they caused.

Russia became the author of the draft resolution, while 23 countries acted as co-authors, including Belarus, Brazil, South Africa, China, Pakistan, Syria and North Korea.

The resolution consists of 66 paragraphs. Some 121 countries took part in the vote, of which 119 voted in favor and two voted against.

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Iran to raise wages after hike in petrol prices

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The Iranian government's bill on increasing the fuel prices was submitted to the parliament twice, and both times it was rejected with a very high vote, member of Iranian parliament's Energy Commission Qasem Saedi told Trend.

He said the parliament wasn't in favor of increasing the fuel prices.

The MP also said that the Supreme Economic Council was set to raise the fuel prices without the parliament's approval, but with the approval of the National Security Council and the country's leadership.

"Currently, the MPs are very upset with the timing and the manner of enforcing this policy, but since it is within the Iranian constitution, it should be agreed upon by the parliament," Saedi said.

He went on to add that the government will try to help low-income families in the country to get out of the situation with the least amount of damage.

Saedi said the regulation of the market by the government has become more stringent since the rise of the fuel prices.

Speaking of the wage increase, he said that the parliament plans to raise wages as well.

The peaceful protests have been recently held in connection with an increase in gasoline prices in Iran. In some cases, the protests resulted in riots.

Under the new fuel regulations, each driver is allowed to buy 60 liters of petrol a month at 15,000 rials (35 cents) a liter. Each additional liter costs 30,000 rials (71 cents). Previously, drivers were allowed up to 250 liters at 10,000 rials (25 cents) per liter.

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Number of particularly serious crime increased by 30 in Armenia

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The number of particularly serious crimes increased by 30% in Armenia, the National Statistics Service reports.

It is specified that from January to September 2019, 18,865 crimes were recorded in the country. In the same period last year, this figure was 17673 crimes.

According to statistics, this year the number of particularly serious crimes increased by 30%. In the first 9 months of this year, 36 murders and 24 attempted murders were committed.

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IMF forecasts GDP growth in oil countries of Caucasus and Central Asia

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects the annual GDP growth of Azerbaijan and Central Asian countries to reach at least four percent, Trend reports on Nov. 8 referring to the IMF's regional report on the Caucasus and Central Asia.

In accordance with the report, the GDP growth of oil-exporting countries in the region, namely Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, along with Azerbaijan, will keep at 4.3 percent in 2019 and 4.4 percent in 2020.

The IMF calls relatively weak fiscal policy and growth in lending for the private sector as the internal causes of economic growth. The external obstacles are the slowdown in global growth, a decrease in commodity prices and an increase in geopolitical risks.

At the same time, the average current account balance of the countries included in the report will remain at around 0.5 percent of the deficit in 2019 and one percent in 2020.

The IMF expects the current account surplus to reach $1.7 billion in Azerbaijan. The surplus is planned to greatly increase during the next three years. Thus, a surplus worth $2.7 billion is expected to be observed in 2023.

The report said that the Caucasian and Central Asian countries shall make further efforts to stimulate higher and inclusive growth, create job places, improve living standards, sustainability and reduce exposure to the external shocks. News.Az

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