Rights of Parliamentary Minority Should Be Respected

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"The leadership of the National Assembly–I–in particular–presented to the president a legislative initiative to call a special session of the Parliament," Speaker of the Parliament Khosrov Haroutiunian said–answering the inquiries of some deputies at the first meeting of the eighth session of the Parliament Monday. "This issue has been discussed several times–and I expressed my opinion during these discussions. Thereafter–a regulation comes into force under which the president calls a special session of the Parliament when he is not obliged by the Constitution to do it immediately or within certain terms," Haroutiunian said.

Haroutiunian pointed out that he personally talked to the president and thinks that "he should respond to this legislative initiative."

"At present–I am sure that the president does not violate the Constitution. It would be politically advisable that this issue should be dealt with," the speaker of the Parliament said. He added that Kocharian "is watching the current process of purchasing grapes."

One of the initiators of calling the early session–Arshak Sadoyan believes that that the president committed "a gross violation of the Constitution–as he should have called an early session during the period between two regular sessions." Deputy Vigen Khachatrian believes that the rights of the parliamentary minority (68 deputies who are the initiators of calling an early session) were violated.

"I am sure that the president violated the Constitution," said Khachatrian–who also asked the speaker–"Are you going to correct the president’s mistake and call the session on your own initiative?"

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