Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Armenian ex-speaker vows to struggle for better Armenia

Mediamax news agency
29 May 06

Yerevan, 29 May:
The leader of the Orinats Yerkir [Law-Governed Country] Party, Artur Bagdasaryan, officially relinquished his authority as chairman of the National Assembly of Armenia today.

Speaking at his final news conference today, Bagdasaryan said that the party would hold a special congress to outline its tactics and strategy and lay out a "clear position" on its further activities.

"We will struggle to create an Armenia of our dreams," the ex-speaker said. Bagdasaryan expressed readiness of the Orinats Yerkir to cooperate with all political forces in the country "for the sake of real hopes for the future and progress".

"Our party has its own path forward which we will follow," Bagdasaryan said. The new chairman of the National Assembly will be elected at a special session of parliament, the date of which is yet to be set.

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