CANDIDATES FOR SPEAKER OF ARMENIAN PARLIAMENT DECLINE POST
Nov 3 2011
The Armenian parliamentary speaker has recently resigned. The most
favoured candidates to replace the official are not in a hurry to
take the position, Aykakan Zhamanak (Armenian Times) reports.
The two most favoured candidates are Galust Saakyan, head of the
Republican Party of Armenia, and David Arutyunyan, Chairman of the
Parliamentary Commission for State and Legal Affairs and head of
the Armenian delegation to the PACE. They both refused to take the
The paper says Saakyan has formally declined. Arutyunyan says the
position has not become vacant yet and he has absolutely no interest
in taking it. He added that dissolution of parliament and off-year
elections are not planned.
Thus, the most likely candidate to become the speaker is Samvel
Nikoyan, the current Vice-Speaker of Parliament.
Armenia will hold parliamentary polls on May 6, 2012.
From: A. Papazian