by Alexandr Avanesov
Armenia has come across serious internal and external challenges that require systemized resolving as soon as possible, a member of the parliament from the opposition ARFD faction, Artsvik Minasyan, said in the parliament today when presenting his party's position regarding the government's programme for 2014-2017.
He said that the country needs internal unity to find the way out from the created situation. Moreover, the people should be tolerant. The involvement of the wide layers of population, political and public organizations plays not the last part in success of the government's programme. In this context, the government's programme does not meet any of these principles. ARFD wants to see in the government's programme the points about the participation of the opposition forces in the control bodies of the country, as it is impossible to move forward without the joint work, he said. The party thinks that extension of the authorities of the Commission for Ethics should lay in the basis of the personnel policy. Minasyan also added that an anti-corruption agency should be set up, in which representatives of the opposition should be involved. However, the government's programme contains no of these points. No top official of Armenia may have a right to use his income for purchasing shares of foreign companies or any other property outside Armenia, he said and added that he should direct all his funds to the local market of the country. Minasyan does not mean business but shares, deposits and houses. ARFD made 34 proposals in the government, but only 11 of them were partly adopted, Minasyan said.