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YEREVAN. – It is practically impossible to collect 44 MPs’ signatures to convene a special Armenian National Assembly (NA) session to discuss the Harsnaqar Restaurant incident.   

Commenting on opposition Armenian National Congress (ANC) NA Faction’s initiative to convene such session, Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP) MP Naira Zohrabyan told Armenian that PAP Faction did not discuss this matter.  

“And it was technically impossible for us to discuss such matter because a considerable number of the [PAP] MPs are not in the country. But if those MPs who are here—and their number is not many—wish to join the initiative, they can join [it], albeit a simple mathematical calculation shows it will be impossible to collect 44 signatures,” noted Zohrabyan.     

To note, ANC NA Faction on Thursday picked up from NA Secretariat the forms necessary to collect signatures for convening a special NA session. And the Faction has to collect at least 44 MPs’ signatures, by Friday 6pm, to be able to hold this session.  

As Armenian informed earlier, an incident had occurred at capital city Yerevan’s Harsnaqar Restaurant on June 17, where several military doctors including Edgar Mikoyan, Arkadi Aghajanyan, Garik Soghomonyan, Artak Bayadyan and Vahe Avetyan were brutally beaten by the security personnel. And Vahe Avetyan died in hospital on June 29. A criminal case is launched and the Police have detained six people.

The Restaurant’s owner is senior ruling party MP, Football Federation of Armenia President, and businessman Ruben Hayrapetyan, who on July 3 formally submitted his resignation from his parliamentary seat.

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