March 21
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YEREVAN. – The Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP)—which is chaired by tycoon MP Gagik Tsarukyan—is on the verge of actual dissolution, according to Zhamanak (Time) newspaper.

“Just tomorrow, numerous members of that party are going to declare about leaving the party, so that they do not share the accountability for the shameful conduct of the ‘Tsarukyan’ bloc [in parliament].

“Realizing that they have no chance to win [anymore] in the LSG [local self-government] elections to be held on October 21, the candidates nominated by the PAP, or enjoying the support of the PAP, will submit self-withdrawal [from their candidacies] in the coming days,” Zhamanak wrote.

As reported earlier, the National Assembly (NA) on Tuesday passed the controversial bill on making amendments to the NA Rules of Procedure. But as per Prime Minister Pashinyan and the NA “Way Out” (Yelk) Faction, this proposed law will enable to prevent the holding of a snap parliamentary election, once the PM resigns from office.

The former ruling Republican Party of Armenia, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Dashnaktsutyun Party, and the Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP)-supported “Tsarukyan” factions in parliament have voted for this bill.

Subsequently, and upon the call by the PM, thousands of people blocked the NA building, from Tuesday night to early Wednesday morning. As a result, the deputies were “stranded” in the parliament building over night.

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