ARMENIA'S FIRST PRESIDENT HEAVY BURDEN CAUSING SHIPS TO SINK - MP

Tert.am
02.03.12

At a Friday news briefing in Armenia's parliament, Vahan Hovhannisyan,
Chairman of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Dashnaktsutyun
(ARF-D) parliamentary group, commented on a statement by Levon
Ter-Petrosyan.

At a rally of the opposition Armenian National Congress (ANC) on
Thursday, Armenia's first president and ANC leader Levon Ter-Petrosyan
called Armenia's second president Robert Kocharyan "a sunken ship"
and incumbent President Serzh Sargsyan "a sinking ship."

"I think Armenia's first president is actually the heavy burden that
caused and is causing the ships to sink," Hovhannisyan said.

With respect to candidates from single-member constituencies,
Hovhannisyan said that the ARF-D will run for parliament provided
the election law is honored.

As regards the failed bill on proportional representation,
Hovhannisyan said: "It was a normal vote. We are grateful to the
MP from single-member constituencies that voted for the bill. The
voting results are different now. The parliament is turning into a
normally functioning body, and even coalition members made reasonable
statements."

With repect to the recent incident involving ARF-D member Arshavir
Karapetyan (police found arms and ammunition in a room owned by
him), Hovhannisyan said: "I'm personally acquianted with Arshavir
Karapetyan. He took part in the Karabakh war. Many of the war veterans
still have arms. The incident is being investigated."


From: Baghdasarian