ARFD MEMBER: NEW PARLIAMENT MAY BECOME MORE INDEPENDENT STRUCTURE

PanARMENIAN.Net
May 30, 2012 - 20:34 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net - ARF Dashnaktsutyun representative said he expects
the new parliament to implement more interesting activity.

"The counterbalance will increase if Prosperous Armenia joins the
opposition. The new parliament includes politicians who will enable
more interesting discussions. The National Assembly's 5th convocation
may become a more political institution," Armen Rustamyan said during
distribution of depute mandates.

Dwelling on the posts of standing committee chairmen, he said ARF
Dashnaktsutyun won't receive any according to DONT system.

Commenting on Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) member David
Harutyunyan's statement, saying the new parliament will include 12
standing committees, Mr. Rustamyan noted it a violation of NA rules,
which stipulate only 10.

The ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) took a decisive victory
at the parliamentary elections on May 6 gaining 44,02% of votes.

The coalition Prosperous Armenia party comes second with 30,12%
of votes and the opposition ANC is placed third with 7,08%.

The opposition parties Heritage (5,76%) and ARF Dashnaktsutyun
(5,67%), as well as the third coalition Orinats Yerkir party (5,51%)
also joined the new parliament.

RPA gained absolute majority of 69 seats in the 131-member National
Assembly, 40 by proportional and 29 by majority system of voting.

Prosperous Armenia got 37 seats (28 by proportional and 9 by majority
systems) and ANC was left with 7.

Dashnaktsutyun and Orinats Yerkir got 6 seats each (5 by proportional
and 1 by majority systems), while Heritage got 5.