Armenia's ruling party names parliament speaker, vice speakers

10:05 • 18.05.17



The Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) on Wednesday held a session to name the speaker and two vice speakers of the National Assembly.


Speaking to reporters after the meeting, the spokesperson of the ruling political force, Eduard Sharmazanov, said they see Ara Babloyan in the speaker's position. Sharmazanov himself will be a vice speaker along with Arpine Hovhannisyan, the former minister of justice who stepped down under a presidential decree on Wednesday.


Sharmazanov said they proposed Babloyan, a former minister of health, for the speaker's position, considering his longtime experience in both the legislative and the executive. “He has a very wise past, so we are hopeful to work more effectively under Mr Babloyan’s leadership. I personally feel very happy for the chance to work with such an experienced personality,” he said, adding that the RPA is very satisfied with the appointments.


Members of the Tsarukyan Alliance, the second biggest political force elected to parliament, on Wednesday proposed Mikael Melkumyan’s candidacy for one of the three vice speakers.  Gagik Tsarukyan, the alliance’s leader, will head also their political faction in parliament.


The Republican faction will be headed by Vahram Baghdasaryan who led their political team also in the previous parliament, Sharmazanov added.


At the opening session on Thursday, the Republican will propose amendments to the National Assembly’s Rules of Rrocedure to reduce the standing committees’ number to nine from 12.

 

 





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