Yegorian Voted Out of Parliament Committee

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–At a special National Assembly session Wednesday 102 members voted by secret ballot to remove Edward Yegorian from his current position of chairman of the standing committee for state & legal issues.

The special session was called following Yegorian’s announcement that he and eight other members had quit the Republic faction and formed a new deputy group called Homeland. The special session was initiated by the dominant Republic faction– which had got received overwhelming support from its own members to conduct this vote.

According to the initiators–removing Yegorian from his current post is not a step against a person–but a political one. It was representatives of the Republic faction that were to be elected to the posts of chairmen and vice-chairmen of National Assembly’s standing committees following the 1995 parliamentary elections.

Speaker Babken Ararktsian said that the faction could not place a man who doesn’t represent the parliament majority in charge of one of the most important committees.

In his final speech Yegorian pointed out that he did not care whether or not he would continue in his position. However he would not ease the task of deputies by giving up his post. He suggested that the matter should be settled by a secret ballot.

According to Yegorian–the ideological approaches of the newly established deputy group and the Republic faction are quite the same–but there are a lot of issues in which the Republic does not show due adherence to principles. That is the main reason why he and his supporters quit the faction.

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