Vano Siradeghian Elected ANM President

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The results of the election for the Armenian National Movement Board were made public Sunday–the last day of the ninth ANM Congress.

A new 40-member ANM administration–including National Assembly speaker Babken Ararktsian; deputy speakers of the National Assembly Ara Sahakian–Karapet Roubinian; former ANM Chairman Reverend Husik Lazarian; former ANM Executive Board Chairman Aram Manoukian; Hovannes Igitian–candidate for chairmanship; Yerevan Mayor Vano Siradeghian; his adversary–Chairman of the National Assembly Standing Commission for State-Legal Issues Edward Yegorian; were elected. The new staff of the Board–with the exception of Edward Yegorian–fully corresponded with the list proposed by Vano Siradeghian.

Following the completion of the Congress–the newly elected Board held its first session and elected Vano Siradeghian its Chairman. Edward Yegorian was absent at the session. He did not attend the reading of the outcome of the vote–as well.

On the second to last day of the Congress–Yegorian left the hall when the Congress started discussing statutory changes. He did not attend the discussion of his proposal to elect ANM Chairman and not the Chairman of ANM Board–which was not supported by Congress like most other amendmen’s presented. Observers predict that Edward Yegorian will decline his position on the Board and leave the ANM.

Those speaking at the Congress were divided into two main groups. One backed the positions of Edward Yegorian–suggesting that the ANM take an objective assessment of Armenia’s internal political situation–try to correct its blunders and gain freedom. The other part supported Vano Siradeghian who claims that the ANM is moving in the right direction and is not in need of parting from the president of Armenia.

The Congress adopted a resolution assessing Armenia’s socio-economic and political situations.

One of the main causes of the current complex situation within the Armenian National Movement is that the party administration stopped being a political authority–holding a passive stance over the adoption of political decisions–said delegates at the ninth ANM Congress– Saturday.

The election of administrative members through direct voting will ensure the independence of this authority in taking decisions–said Sos Gimitsian–Chairman of Yerevan’s Nor Nork district. Speaking at the ninth ANM Congress he stressed the urgency of establishing an open dialogue within the party and conducting changes in the party administration and members.

Many delegates criticized the so-called reforms declared in the ANM election program–and the work of the government. "The political owner of the reforms is the ANM Party–and not the government," said National Assembly member Aram Manoukian.

Chairman of the ANM Shengavit Branch of Yerevan Bagrat Andreassian sharply criticized Hrant Bagratian’s government. In particular–he mentioned poor privatization results–absence of any securities market–among other things.


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