ARF Delegation Meets with Parliament Speaker

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–National Assembly Speaker Khosrov Harutiunian received on Friday Armenian Revolutionary Federation Bureau Chairman Beno Tontian–and Bureau members Garo Armenian and Massis Baghdassarian–the National Assembly press service reported.

The ARF delegation congratulated Harutiunian on President Kocharian’s election and offered the party’s support to the parliament speaker.

Harutiunian viewed the free and fair presidential election and the reinstatement of the ARF as positive steps toward the strengthening of democratic institutes in Armenia

The sides aired their views concerning the future activities of the Armenian Parliament. The ARF representatives agreed with Harutunian that discussion on the dissolution of the National Assembly should not become commonplace and pointed out that such a step was an extraordinary measure and should be initiated only in times of total political crisis.

Harutiunian and the ARF leaders agreed that it was imperative to adopt a new Election Law to exclude the negatives and the contradictions of the current one.

Relations between the ARF and the National Assembly were also discussed–especially in the realm of inter-parliamentary relations–in which the ARF could play an active role with its Diasporan organizational units.

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