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    The Armenian government will consider passing a bill aimed at providing additional financial support to 105,000 low-income families amid ongoing protests in Yerevan, the country’s Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan said Thursday.

    YEREVAN (Sputnik) On Tuesday, police used water cannons against a peaceful demonstration, protesting a recent hike in energy tariffs by almost one-fifth, leaving 25 people injured, local media reported. When the protest resumed later in the evening to march towards the president’s residence it was blocked by police.

    Local electricity provider, Electric Networks of Armenia, had previously stated that current tariffs needed to be increased by 40.8 percent from August 1, the News Armenia reported on Thursday.

    The Armenian prime minister had considered the imminent increase in electricity tariffs reasonable, the News Armenia said.

    According to the media outlet, Abrahamyan cited the devaluation of the national currency in the past three years as the main reason for the tariffs increases. Protests are continuing in the Armenian capital.

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