Opposition lawmaker Tadevos Avetisyan on Friday resigned from the position of Deputy Chair of the Standing Committee on Labor and Social Affairs of the National Assembly (NA) of Armenia. He wrote as follows, in particular, on Facebook:
"The authorities of the day are attempting to weaken at any cost the resistance opposing to their nation-betraying course. And now, being guided by their breadth, they are attempting to silence the opposition political forces by depriving [them] of administrative positions in the National Assembly. (...). As of now, I am resigning from the position of the Deputy Chair of the Standing Committee on Labor and Social Affairs of the National Assembly."
Earlier, Armenian News-NEWS.am reported that the ruling majority “Civil Contract” Faction on Friday removed NA deputy speaker—and opposition MP—Ishkhan Saghatelyan and opposition lawmaker Vahe Hakobyan, Chair of the NA Standing Committee on Economic Affairs, from these positions—and at special session of the NA.
Subsequently, opposition legislator—and former deputy prime minister—Armen Gevorgyan announced that he submitted his resignation from the position of Chair of the Standing Committee on Regional and Eurasian Integration of the NA.
And sometime thereafter, opposition legislator Hayk Mamijanyan announced his resignation from the post of Deputy Chair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Relations of the National Assembly of Armenia.