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On Thursday, the Armenian parliament by not initiating a vote of no-confidence in the government, by default approved the implementation of last years budget; a measure of government's performance.

Yesterday, a vote to approve the government's performance did not pass the legislature, because only less than half of the deputies present cast their votes. This paved the way for a motion of no-confidence that had to be presented in 24 hours. But as the day wore on it became clear that no one in parliament intended to make such a motion. Thus, by close of business on Thursday the implementation of the fiscal year 2000 budget and the performance of the government were approved by default.


Prime Minister Andranik Markarian


According to our correspondent, political groups in parliament were reluctant to propose a measure of no-confidence. Some deputies and parliamentary group representatives explained that such a move would have a political significance while the vote on the performance of the government is purely linked to the implementation of the budget. Aghvan Vardanian, the representative of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation - Dashnaktsutyun - emphasizing that a no-confidence motion is a political move, added that the government's performance in the first quarter of this year has been satisfactory.

While tax collection and receipt of state revenues remains a basic problem for the government in Armenia, last year's budget reached %83 of its overall intended target.

Ruzan Khachatrian
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