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Armenian authorities take vengeance on opposition2012-12-19 17:35
On December 18, Armenia's parliament in the first reading adopted amendments to the law "On the Regulation of the National Assembly". With their help it is proposed to change the order of formation of the recently established National Assembly Committee on Ethics - namely to equalize the number of representatives of the government and opposition in the Committee.
New proposals have been strongly criticized both by the parliamentary opposition ("Heritage" party, "Dashnaktsutiun" (ARF) and the block "Armenian National Congress" - ANC) and non-coalition faction of "Prosperous Armenia" Party (PAP). Legislative initiative, initiated by members of the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) and submitted by the government to the parliament urgently, according to the opposition, is a sign of "political revenge" on the part of the power, which is not ready to the fact that the opposition is a majority in some governmental body.
The authors of the bill say it is only a mechanism to restore balance in the Committee between the government and the opposition. "It is unacceptable that the political minority dictates to the majority. Committee is not a political body, there is no place for a showdown", co-legislative initiatives, the RPA MP Arpine Hovhannisyan said during a parliamentary debate.
Not ready to give up political leverages
The idea of restoring balance in the Committee on Ethics, according to the authors of the bill, is based on the fact that the opposition at the moment is the majority in the Committee, which follows from the order of its formation - one representative from each faction. Three of the six factions in the parliament are the opposition, two are from power, and "Prosperous Armenia" has declared itself an alternative to the current leadership.
Representatives of the parliamentary opposition are convinced that the new amendments to the law are in fact "political revenge" of a member of the Committee on Ethics from the Republican Party, the head of the permanent NA Committee on State and Legal Affairs David Harutyunyan. The fact is that during the recent meeting of the Committee under the leadership of the opposition MP from the ANC Nikol Pashiyan, when the question of the investigation in relation of 83 deputies arose, Harutyunyan was denied of the right to vote, and he left the meeting.