Speaker Discusses Parliamentary Activities Elections

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Speaker of the National Assembly Khosrov Haroutiunian held a meeting with journalists late last week to summarize the results of the current Parliament’s activities–in particular–the activities since last year’s change of leadership in Armenia as well as discuss the election process.

According to Haroutiunian–it is necessary to analyze the current Parliament’s activities in order to learn lessons. He is firmly convinced that the National Assembly deserves a high appraisal as far as law-making activities are concerned. The speaker believes that in summing up the results of the first year of his presidency–President Robert Kocharian should have properly evaluated the law-making activities of the supreme legislative body.

Haroutiunian believes that people capable of making laws must be elected to Parliament. "It is a talent; not everyone is capable of making laws," he said. Haroutiunian believes that the voters will not expect a candidate to carry out activities which are more typical of the executive power.

According to the speaker–despite certain violations the election campaign proceeds in a calm atmosphere. He regarded as positive the facts that the political parties are not conducting their election campaigns at the expense of others’ mistakes–but are trying to present their own ideologies to the voters.

No incidents have been reported in election district No.11 where Khosrov Haroutiunian is nominated by the majoritarian election system. But he did not rule out the possibility that the calm atmosphere might be "the lull before the storm." Haroutiunian’s personal claims are "modest: to become a deputy." If elected–he may be a member of a deputy group. Haroutiunian does not belong to any political party–but if he becomes a member of any party he will give preference to liberal parties.

The picture of the future Parliament will become clear at its first meeting to be called on June 17–Haroutiunian said.

He expressed a wish that a political force which will claim the political majority should form a government for which it would be responsible. According to him–the main claimant is the "Unity" bloc.

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