By Ruzanna Khachatrian
Opposition factions in the Armenian parliament used Tuesday a legal loophole to delay a vote on controversial amendments to the election law suggested by the pro-government majority.
The move reflected their continuing opposition to the proposed changes which would, among other things, allow President Robert Kocharian, to name one third of the members of various-level electoral commissions.
The vote was scheduled to take place at the end of the parliament’s weekly sitting. As deputies prepared to deliver their final ruling, a representative of the opposition Armenian Communist Party demanded a 20-minute break to which every faction is entitled under the parliament regulations. The requested period expired after the end of the legislature’s regular working hours.
With Wednesday a non-working day in Armenia, the parliament majority will have to wait until next week to push its legislative package through the National Assembly. It may do so later this week if it initiates an extraordinary session of the parliament.