ARF Presses Reforms Fight Against Corruption

YEREVAN (Yerkir)–The Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) faction in Armenia’s National Assembly (parliament) will pursue social–legal–and foreign issues–and will reintroduce bills it had put forth in the previous parliament–revealed ARF faction leader Levon Mkrtchian during a press conference on Friday. He indicated the faction would cooperate with all parliamentary factions and groups.

ARF Supreme Body Representative and chairman of the NA Foreign Relations Committee Armen Rustamian–said that the coordinating council of the Armenian coalition government (cabinet) has already held two meetings. "It is crucial that this program does not become another piece of paper. We have a new set of circumstances for which control is vital." He stressed that even at the expense of "confronting top bureaucrats," the fight against corruption is a priority for the ARF.

Mkrtchian said the ARF will press forth efforts to establish an anti-corruption agency but that other agencies can contribute to the fight against corruption–mentioning the anti-trust commission could–for example–take on an important role after instituting certain reforms. The ARF has introduced a draft anti-corruption program currently under consideration in parliament.

ARF’S ROUBEN HOVSEPIAN VICE CHAIR OF PARLIAMENT COMMISSION

ARF National Assembly (parliament) Faction member and prose writer Rouben Hovsepian was unanimously elected during Friday’s sitting of parliament–vice chair of parliament’s Permanent Commission on Science–Education– Culture And Youth Affairs.

Hovsepian is a member the Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Organization’s Central Executive–and is the editor of the "Nork" monthly publication.

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