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Regular Sittings of Parliament Begin
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On April 16, the RA National Assembly began the work of the regular sittings.

The MPs approved the draft laws of the session and regular sittings agendas and the procedures of their debate.

By the decision of the parliament the draft law on Making Addendum to the RA Code on Administrative Infringements, the bill on Making Addendum to the RA Law on Military Service and Serviceman’s Status and the legislative package on Making Amendments and Addenda to the RA Law on Compensation of Damages Caused to the Serviceman’s Life or Health during the RA Defense were not included in the agenda of the second session of the RA NA seventh convocation.

Afterwards the MPs touched upon the debate of the item of the Election of the Constitutional Court Judge.

The Head of the RA President’s Staff Emil Tarasyan informed that the RA President proposed Gor Hovhannisyan’s candidacy.

In the Q & A format the MPs referred to the candidate’s professional experience, the existing non distinct data in his biographical documents and other items.

Edmon Marukyan gave a speech on the CC Judge candidate and noted that the faction had a positive attitude to his candidacy.

The Head of the parliament delivered an extraordinary speech on the candidate. Touching upon the item why the NA Speaker accepted the candidacy, if it was vulnerable in formal aspect, Ararat Mirzoyan noted that immediately after getting the candidate’s nomination by the RA President he had studied and clarified that the considerable part of the presented documents had not been in Armenian, but in German.

According to the Head of the Parliament, if the RA President is reserved to present the CC Judge candidate, then it is necessary to register it and give an opportunity to rectify non essential mistakes held, which has been done.

The NA Speaker gave an opportunity to the candidate to eliminate the confusion, providing the complete package of the documents, but there is confusion yet.

At the end of the speech Ararat Mirzoyan congratulated Arsen Julfalakyan for receiving Bronze Medal in the Greco-Roman Wrestling in the Championship of Europe, as well as other Armenian athletes for their glorious participation and medals.

In his final speech Gor Hovhannisyan expressed hope that the parliament would give him that opportunity.

Presenting the results of the voting of the CC Judge candidate, the Chair of the RA NA Accounting Committee Havagn Hovakimyan, informed that 101 deputies took part in the voting. Gor Hovhannisyan was not elected CC Judge with 24 for and 79 against.

The RA Minister of Justice Artak Zeynalyan presented the main regulations being designed in the bill on making amendments and addenda to the RA Law on the Government Structure and Activity and related bills in the first reading.

The debate of the item will continue at April 17 sitting of the parliament.

At the last sitting of the day, in accordance with the RA Constitutional Law the NA Rules of Procedure, the RA NA deputies made statements.

Exhibition of Painter Nargiz Pashoyan’s Works Opened in National Assembly
On April 16, the exhibition of the painter Nargiz Pashoyan’s works in the foyer adjacent to the Session Hall of the RA National Assembly was opened, where deputies, artists, the representatives of the NA Staff and journalists attended.The Member of the RA Artists’ Union Nargiz Pashoyan is a particip...

Deputies Sum Up Works of PACE Spring Session
At April 16 press conference the Head of the RA NA delegation Ruben Rubinyan, the members Vladimir Vardanyan, Edmon Marukyan and Tatevik Hayrapetyan presented details about the works of PACE Spring Session held in Strasbourg.Vladimir Vardanyan presented the resolutions discussed during the Session a...

Ambassador of Kazakhstan to RA: Kazakhstan is Concerned About Deepening Cooperation with Armenia
On April 16, the Head of the RA NA My Step Faction Lilit Makunts and the Head of the RA NA Armenia-Kazakhstan Parliamentary Friendship Group Vagharshak Hakobyan met with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan Timur Urazayev and the Deputy Head of the Internati...

Students of Shirak State University Visit National Assembly
On April 16, the students and lecturers of Shirak Mikayel Nalbandyan State University visited the parliament.The guests observed the works of the regular sittings of the legislative body, and then met with the NA deputy and the Member of My Step Faction Edgar Arakelyan.The traditional Open Lesson wa...

PABSEC Committee Debates Problems of Pension System
On April 16, the 52nd Meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (PABSEC) Cultural, Educational and Social Affairs Committee was held in Yerevan.The key issue for discussion was the Pension Systems in the BSEC Member States.The RA NA Vice-President Lena Nazaryan has ...

U.S. Congressional Delegation to Visit Armenia
From April 17-19, a U.S. Congressional delegation, including Congressman David Price (D-North Carolina), Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-Florida), Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-Nevada), Congressman Michael Conaway (R-Texas), Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-Virginia), Congressman Adrian Smith (R-Nebraska), ...

RA NA Council Convenes Extraordinary Sitting
On April 16, the RA National Assembly Council, presided over by the Speaker of the Parliament Ararat Mirzoyan, convened an extraordinary sitting. By the decision of the Council addenda were made to the draft laws on making addenda to the agenda of the second session of the seventh convocation of the...

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