ARMENIAN ARF DASHNAKTSUTYUN PARTY STANDS FOR CHANGING TO PARLIAMENTARY FORM OF GOVERNMENT
April 09, 2012 | 14:43
YEREVAN. – Armenia should switch from presidential to parliamentary
system, Armenian MP Armen Rustamyan announced at a press conference
on Monday presenting the pre-election program of ARF Dashnaktsutyun.
The presidential system led to the formation of a group of favorites
around the presidential chair which usurps the governmental resources,
It is necessary to establish the parliamentary form of government
“We had three presidents and the situation is not changing. We must
have a government that will not be affected by the change of the
powers,” Rustamyan said.
According to him, first of all the concentration of powers in the
hands of the ruling party must be eliminated.
The Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Dashnaktsutyun is one of
the oldest Armenian political parties. It was founded in the end of
Following the Sovietization of Armenia in 1920, the ARF-Dashnaktsutyun
was banned by the Communists and its leadership exiled. The
ARF-Dashnaktsutyun officially re-emerged in Armenia after the collapse
of the USSR, in 1990.
In June 2003, the party signed a coalition memorandum with the
Republican Party of Armenia and Orinats Yerkir (Rule of Law). However,
in 2009 ARFD left the coalition in protest against signing the
protocols with Turkey.
Party’s proportional list includes 85 candidates. Eight candidates
will run for an MP seat with majority system. The party’s motto is
‘Freedom, Justice, Dashnaktsutyun.’