RAFFI HOVANNISIAN INTENDS TO PROTECT SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED BUSINESS

January 31, 2013 | 17:51

The state must compensate deposits not only to the investors, but also
to their heirs, said, Armenian presidential candidate and leader of
the Heritage Party Raffi Hovannisian during the campaign for the
Kotayk region this Thursday.

"A president has no right to throw crumbs to the people, Armenian
citizen should be protected by the Constitution, wages, pensions and
jobs. The choice is yours: either you choose the charity, or a decent
job," Hovhannisian said, the Armenian News-NEWS.am correspondent
reports.

According to him, when citizens are deprived of work and a decent
life, such problems as foreign policy issues - the Karabakh issue and
the problems of Javakhk or Armenian Genocide recognition cannot be
resolved.

Referring to the problem of unemployment, Hovannisyan said that
180,000 jobs will open in five years' time in Armenia if investments
from the Diaspora and abroad are attracted. He also assured that, if
he gets elected, he intends to stand up for small and medium business.

"The government should provide preferences for small and medium-sized
business and stop tax oppression. By the end of my presidency, 600,000
people will cross the line of poverty and will become middle class
citizens."

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