Yegorian Resigns From ANM Urges Party’s Fall From Government

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Chairman of the National Assembly’s legal issues council Edward Yegorian announced his resignation from the newly elected Armenian National Movement executive during a press conference Friday–adding that his membership in the ruling party would be symbolic.

Yegorian also announced his plans to group his supporters within the ANM and establish a new parliamentary caucus in hopes of eliminating the ANM’s rule in government during the 1999 parliamentary elections.

The disgruntled ANM leader said that he and his supporters make up more than one third of the ruling party.

He characterized the current ANM leadership as supporters of capitalism and the nomenclature. Yegorian added that the party leadership controls most of the newly privatized industry in Armenia and aimed to "shut off the country," by discouraging foreign investment in Armenia.

Yegorian also blasted Levon Ter-Petrosyan calling his dislike for criticism a weakness which prompted him to endorse Yerevan Mayor and the notorious former Interior Minister Vano Siradeghian during last week’s ANM elections.

Yegorian added that the ANM could not be considered a "right-center" party as was characterized by Ter-Petrosyan–and stated that party members were de facto in violation of all principles and programs of the party.

The Parliamentary leader also opposed Ter-Petrosyan’s view that the events of Sept. 25 were attempts of a coup. He called on opposition parties–which are currently boycotting the national assembly–to resume their activities in the legislature–in order to ensure new laws for democratic election.

He expressed confidence that the 1999 parliamentary elections would be conducted democratically and would put an end to ANM rule in Armenia.

He stated that his priority as the chairman of the legal affairs council of the national assembly–was pursuing press freedom violations and adoption of legislation protecting press freedoms.

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