Armenian President Signs Dual Citizenship Bill into Law

YEREVAN (AP)–Armenia’s president on Wednesday signed into law legislation allowing dual citizenship. The presidential press service said Robert Kocharian signed the multipart bill into law, but gave no further details. Last week, ruling party lawmakers in the 131-seat National Assembly voted 66-5 to pass the legislation over the objections of opposition lawmakers who boycotted, saying it would increase potential for corruption, though most opposition parties support the overall concept. The law allows dual citizenship for Armenia’s 18 years or older who have lived in the country continuously for three years; who marry Armenian citizens; who have a child who is an Armenian citizen or other new stipulations. Dual citizens will be able to vote in elections but only if they physically cast their ballots in Armenia. Dual citizens will not be able to run for the presidency, parliament or the Constitutional Court.

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