Armenian opposition burns flares at parliament session

Armenian opposition burns flares at parliament session

Yelk opposition faction MPs burnt flares at today’s session of Armenia's National Assembly.

An opposition lawmaker, Ararat Mirzoyan, was booked for speaking, but instead of delivering a speech he fired a flare and called on the country’s population to attend the rally to be staged on April 13 in Yerevan’s Liberty Square against Serzh Sargsyan’s nomination for the prime-ministerial post. 

"Time has come to prevent the third term of Serzh Sargsyan’s rule and the governance of the Republican Party of Armenia and to form the Armenia we dream of. To achieve that, it is necessary to come to the Liberty Square on April 13, where we together will burn our torch of freedom," ARKA cited him as saying.

Lena Nazaryan, another member of the opposition faction, joined Ararat Mirzoyan and fired her flares.

Eduard Sharmazanov, an Armenian Republicans’ man and vice speaker at the parliament, reacting to this step, said that the show has failed, since only 10 MPs were present at the session. 

Speaker of the National Assembly Ara Babloyan, in turn, called the opposition’s action at today’s session dangerous.

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