Political Council Describes Election Atmosphere As ‘Calm’

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Presidential Political Council met Wednesday with attention turned to the May 30 parliamentary elections and related campaigning. The meeting was attended by President Robert Kocharian.

The political forces represented in the Council described the unfolding election campaigns and the general atmosphere as quite calm. They said state-run mass media were giving impartial coverage to campaigns. The Council specifically referred to eased internal political tensions as to the achievement of the last year. Considering the conduct of legitimate elections to be its priority task–the Political Council stressed the importance of the will and determination of the authorities and political parties.

Addressing illegalities during the elections–Robert Kocharian said that law-enforcement agencies have been instructed to immediately respond to signals and prevent any violation of the law. According to the president–each signal of discrepancies will be thoroughly investigated and each case will be properly assessed.

The meeting reportedly discussed the issue of parliamentary immunity. Kocharian thinks it would be right to refuse from the absolute category of parliamentary immunity.

The president also addressed some issues of foreign policy at the request of the Council members.

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