by Ashot Safaryan
By the secret ballot procedure, the head of the RPA parliamentary faction, Galust Sahakyan, was elected a new speaker of the parliament by 101 votes "for".
The total of 106 members of the parliament took part in the voting, three of which voted for the self-nominated opposition candidate, Hrant Bagratyan and two ballot were recognized invalid.
After the election, Galust Sahakyan, promised to do everything possible for establishment of dialogue between the parliamentary forces and for provision of pluralism.
The opposition Armenian National Congress, Heritage Party and ARFD did not take part in the election. The majority of deputies from Orinats Yerkir party and Prosperous Armenia Party supported Galust Sahakyan's candidacy.