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YEREVAN. – Armenia’s Energy and Natural Resources Deputy Minister Aram Harutyunyan’s name is removed from the ruling coalition’s Orinats Yerkir (Rule of Law) Party (RLP) proportional list for the forthcoming National Assembly elections, Yerkir daily writes.

“In an interview with Yerkir, RLP’s newly appointed press secretary Harutyun Amiryan informed that [Harutyunyan’s] removal from the list was the Party’s and Aram Harutyunyan’s joint decision. ‘During the pre-election season Harutyunyan, as well as other RLP members who were removed from the list, will concentrate on party activities.’  

[But] It has become clear that it is not that Harutyunyan submitted an application and [thereby] was removed from the list, but rather the [Central Election Commission] CEC refused to register him [as an MP candidate].   

According to the decision which was posted on CEC’s website on April 1, the CEC refused to register Aram Harutyunyan’s nomination because Harutyunyan’s passport details, which were in the documents attached to RLP’s application, were inconsistent with the details provided to Harutyunyan by the Police Passport and Visa Department Chief.   

So, it seems either RLP’s new press secretary is ‘uninformed’ of his task, or he thought that the CEC pulled an April Fool’s prank,” Yerkir writes.

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