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The Parliamentary Faction of the Armenian National Congress (ANC) will not attend the current four-day sitting of the National Assembly.
The ANC Faction's statement reads. "The authorities used their entire potential of election rigging on February 18. The presidential election outcome bears no relation to reality. It once again insulted the people and violated the people's rights and dignity. The public wave of protest is a natural and expected response to the rigged election like it was in 2003 and 2008 when the elections were rigged as well."
"The protest has covered the entire country and the authorities have displayed no perception to the processes continuing for already a week. The public has only one task at present i.e. to restore the Constitutional Order in the country and not to allow misappropriation of the public voice and power by the incumbent authorities. The ANC Parliamentary Faction will not attend the current sitting of the Parliament in support of the people that went into the streets to
protect their rights. Alongside with that, ANC Faction uses the procedures stipulated by the National Assembly Regulations, specifically, an hour of statements from the parliamentary tribute," the statement reads.
Hovannisian, who got the second place at the Feb 18 presidential election, has been rallying in Yerevan and in the regions against the election outcome since February 20.
To recall, Raffi Hovannisian received 36.75% of votes and lost the Feb 18 presidential election to the incumbent president Serzh Sargsyan, who received 58.64% of votes.