Counting commission rules Russia gas deal ratification vote invalid

Counting commission rules Russia gas deal ratification vote invalid

PanARMENIAN.Net - The counting commission of Armenian National Assembly ruled the results of the December 23 vote on gas deals with Russia invalid.

According to the Armenian National Congress, Prosperous Armenia, Heritage and ARF Dashnaktsuyun factions, the counting commission never did its job, with the majority of members of their parties absent from the vote.

Following the ruling, the factions above will apply to the Constitutional Court.

As the newly-elected chair of the counting commission Lyudmila Sargsyan noted, the move aims to return the gas deals with Russia on the parliamentary discussion agenda.

The Armenian-Russian agreement for supply of gas, oil products, unrefined diamonds, and sale of the 20% ArmRosGazprom shares to Russia was ratified at a special parliament sitting Dec 23.

Members of the Armenian National Congress, Heritage, ARFD opposition factions and Prosperous Armenia party left the boardroom during the vote. 77 MPs (out of 120) stayed in the boardroom to vote for ratification of gas deals.

Somehow, the members of opposition managed to walk off with vote ballots so the vote was held by show of hands.

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