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PACE will not approve Armenian Parliament Speaker Hovik Abrahamyan's decision to expel Heritage MP Zaruhi Postanjyan from the Armenian Delegation to PACE, Zaruhi Postanjyan said at today's press conference in Yerevan.
She said that the new staff of the Delegation will be finally approved at the January session of PACE. She thinks that PACE will not approve the new Delegation, because the regulations have been violated. "If some opposition members of the Delegation were replaced by members of other opposition parties, Abrahamyan's decision might be approved, but when an oppositionist is replaced by a power representative, it is a rough violation", she said. Postanjyan added that such a behavior of the Speaker restricts the freedom of expression in the country. "Such a behavior of the authorities could have been relevant in an authoritarian country, but if President Serzh Sargsyan and Speaker Hovik Abrahamyan give the impression of democracy, they must obey the laws of democracy", she stressed.
The MP pointed out that Speaker Abrahamyan's initiative is also aimed at isolating the Heritage Party so that only the forces advocating Armenia's accession to the Customs Union could represent Armenia on this important European platform. She stressed that Heritage was the first to come out against the accession to the Customs Union.
To note, on October 23 Armenian Parliament Speaker Hovik Abrahamyan did not include Heritage Party Faction in the new staff of the Armenian Delegation to PACE. Earlier in the Parliament, Head of Heritage Party Faction Zaruhi Postanjyan said that Hovik Abrahamyan tried his best to prevent any undesirable questions from delegates at PACE. Meanwhile, parliamentarians welcomed Hovik Abrahamyan's decision to exempt Heritage representatives from the Delegation applauding. In response, Postanjyan promised to take steps over that decision and promised "hard times" to the ruling Republican Party of Armenia.
To recall, Zaruhi Postanjyan was exempted from the Delegation to PACE following her question addressed to Serzh Sargsyan at PACE regarding the money the President allegedly lost at a casino. To not, Zaruhi Postanjyan has been replaced by Mher Shahgeldyan, representative of the Orinats Yerkir Party, which is a member of the ruling coalition.