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YEREVAN. – We have canceled the congress of Bright Armenia because our MPs from Gegharkunik and Syunik [Province] must be on the ground, and therefore we have suspended the pre-election work by postponing the congress. Edmon Marukyan, chairman of the opposition Bright Armenia Party (BAP) and head of its parliamentary faction, told this to a press conference Friday.

He noted that the current situation in Armenia is not an internal political process for them, it is a process of joint action against the enemy, and therefore part of the political process—their congress—has been postponed.

"If everything, this situation is resolved, we will convene the congress next week, or later. But if it is not resolved, I am almost sure it will lead to the declaration of martial law [in Armenia] and the cancelation of the [June 20 snap parliamentary election] schedule approved by the CEC [(Central Electoral Commission)]; this means that there will be no elections. Unless the CEC schedule is canceled, time is running out, whether or not you are engaged in it [the upcoming election]. At the moment we [the BAP] are not engaged in it," Marukyan said.

He noted that any scenario can happen: either the Azerbaijani troops could withdraw from Armenia, or the current situation could turn into a military escalation.

According to Marukyan, everything is being done in all directions to resolve this issue peacefully.

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