June 13
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Bying votes is incompatible with the honor of labor rights, Vahan Hovhanisyan, Armenian Revolutionary Federation MP announced at a pre-election meeting in Hrazdan city on Tuesday. As the correspondent of Armenian reports from Hrazdan, Vahan Hovhanisyan announced that in order for Armenian citizens to return home, the right of self-determination and making decisions must be returned to the nation. “The MP candidate buys your votes in order to make decisions instead of you during the following 5 years without asking your opinion. And for what price? For each day of his MP mandate he pays you AMD 10. Does that correspond to the honor of the working man?” Hovhannisyan said. “Hrazdan used to be one of the industrial centers of our country, Hrazdanmash – one of the most important enterprises. Armenia used to be called the country of the Sun, a country of wonders. Then the authorities broke the backbone of the interlayer in Hrazdan, and other traditional industrial cities. Today it is said that our country is poor and because of that the nation is not able to live well. However, the metallic mineral wealth of Armenia alone totals to $ 175 billion, not to mention the non-metallic minerals.” He called to vote for ARF in order for Armenia to become its former self again. The Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Dashnaktsutyun is one of the oldest Armenian political parties. It was founded in the end of 19th century. 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.’
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