Parliament Rejects Draft Election Laws

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–The parliament of Armenia has rejected all three draft election laws pending discussion–paving the way for a new legislation reflecting the views of the majority of deputies. The three drafts submitted by the Communist faction and two other deputies call for parliament elections based on proportional representation–whereas the majority Yerkrapah group wants to allocate most seats in the future parliament to single-mandate constituencies.

Yerkrapah deputy Razmik Martirosian attacked the three bills for their emphasis on political parties. He argued that no political party in Armenia can "take full responsibility for the country." He said the Yerkrapah is committing itself to drafting a new electoral legislation from scratch.

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