Monday, December 15 2014

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Armenian Parliament to hold special session on Aram Manukyan case

Armenian Parliament to hold special session on Aram Manukyan case

The Armenian Parliament will hold a special session on the Aram Manukyan case, Spokesman of Prosperous Armenia Party Tigran Urikhanyan told journalists on Monday.

He said that the parliamentary opposition has collected the necessary 44 signatures for convoking the session but sources from the ruling Republican Party have told ArmInfo that the Republicans are going to boycott the discussion. 

The unknown have burnt the cars of four oppositionists lately, beaten up three Artsakh War veterans who harshly criticized the authorities, and attacked oppositionist parliamentarian Aram Manukyan and later his comrade Ashot Piliposyan. All these people claim that the authorities are behind those incidents.  

The police have detained Arshak Svazyan (born in 1973) suspected of beating Aram Manukyan. It is widely rumored by local media outlets that Svazyan is the former driver of Arakel Movsisyan (Shmays), MP from Republican Party of Armenia.  Meanwhile, Movsisyan denies these reports and swears that he bears no relation to the attack on Manukyan.  

Today, the opposition parties Heritage, Prosperous Armenia, and Armenian National Congress parties have boycotted the Parliament's meeting and demanded a different agenda to discuss the latest incidents. ARFD Dashnaktsutyun did not join the boycott. The ruling Republican Party did not yield to the boycotters' demands.

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