August 07
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YEREVAN. – Irates daily writes: Apparently, the inquiry committee initiated by the Prosperous Armenia and Bright Armenia factions of the parliamentary opposition, which is to study the circumstances of the pandemic caused by the coronavirus, will not be formed.

In a conversation with Irates, the MPs of the [majority] My Step faction [in parliament] mentioned that the majority of the National Assembly [(NA)] is not ready to give ‘meat and blood’ to the committee.

Let us note that according to the NA Rules of Procedure-Law, the inquiry committee can be formed during the regular session of the legislature—after the voting of the MPs.

"Of course, we are not ready to form that committee. Otherwise, it will turn out that we are questioning the work of our government partners. Yes, no one denies that there were shortcomings in the work being against the pandemic, but we are not going to bring the issue to the field of public discussion," our interlocutor said.

According to him, the initiative of the PAP [Prosperous Armenia Party] and the BAP [Bright Armenia Party] will not actually resolve the issue of research, study and find out the circumstances, but is a form of political PR. "They will come and say, 'You see, you didn't listen to us, you didn't heed the steps we said, and everything went wrong. And it is very clear that we are not going to make either [health minister Arsen] Torosyan, or [deputy PM and commandant of the current state of emergency Tigran] Avinyan, or, moreover, [PM Nikol] Pashinyan a center.”

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