ArmInfo. Today, on August 2, the first session of the newly elected National Assembly of Armenia of the 8th convocation started in Yerevan. The meeting began with a minute of silence in memory of those killed in the 44-day war in Artsakh.
According to the regulations, the first meeting is held by oldest MP Knyaz Hasanov, who represents the Civil Contract party.
According to the previously announced agenda, today the MPs will elect the speaker and three deputy speakers of parliament by secret ballot. To note, one of deputy speakers must be a representative of the opposition. Alen Simonyan is the candidate for the post of the Speaker of the National Assembly of Armenia from the "Civil Contract" party headed by acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, (Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of the 7th convocation). And Ruben Rubinyan (Chairman of the Standing Committee on Foreign Relations of the National Assembly) and Hakob Arshakyan (former Minister of High Technologies) are the candidates for the posts of Deputy Speakers of the National Assembly. As a result of discussions with the candidates for deputy speakers, the board of the Civil Contract party proposed to nominate Hayk Konjoryan for the position of head of the faction, and Nazeli Baghdasaryan for the position of secretary of the faction.
According to the information, opposition factions will come up with a single candidate. It was reported that the "Armenia" alliance and the "I Have Honor" bloc came to an agreement on the issue of electing a deputy speaker. And the name of the candidate will be announced today.
The MPs will also elect the counting commission, the standing committees of the National Assembly and their chairmen. In addition, the agenda includes discussion of the draft law on changes in the structure of the government, proposed by the executive body and approval of the government program.
Extraordinary parliamentary elections in Armenia were held on June 20. According to the election commission, three political forces entered parliament: the Civil Contract party - 53.92% (687,251 people), the "Armenia" bloc - 2 1.04% (268,165 people), the "I Have Honor" bloc - 5.23% ( 66 633 people). The results of the elections in the Constitutional Court were appealed by four political forces: the "Armenia" and "I Have Honor" blocs, and the "Zartonk " and the "Armenian Motherland" parties. On July 17, the Constitutional Court by its decision upheld the decision of the Central Election Commission of Armenia on the results of the early parliamentary elections held on June 20, 2021.
The parliament of the 8th convocation will have 107 MPs: the "Civil Contract" party will have 71 mandates, the " Armenia " bloc - 29, the "I Have Honor" bloc (Republican Party of Armenia and Arthur Vanetsyan's "Hayrenik" party, Ed. note) - 7.