Armenpress

DEFECTION BEGINS FROM ORINATS YERKIR

YEREVAN, MAY 6, ARMENPRESS: The second largest
parliamentary faction of parliament chairman Arthur
Baghdasarian suffered yesterday an anticipated setback
after two of its members announced their pullout.
Arshak Mkhitarian and Melik Manukian, two
businessmen-lawmakers, refused to explain their
decision. One of these two, Arshak Mkhitarian, was
elected on the party's slate and according to the law
on elections Orinats Yerkir will replace him by the
next on its slate.
The second lawmaker, Melik Manukian, was elected
from a majoritarian constituency. The faction had 22
members before the defection.