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Armenia’s acting premier suggests dissolving parliament

April 25, 2018, 8:12 UTC+3 YEREVAN

The acting premier added that he was "concerned by the current situation"

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Armenia’s acting prime minister Karen Karapetyan

Armenia’s acting prime minister Karen Karapetyan

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YEREVAN, April 25. /TASS/. Armenia’s acting prime minister Karen Karapetyan addressed the country’s president on Wednesday, suggesting a broad political discussion on ways to end the current political standoff, including on the possibility to dissolve the parliament and hold early parliamentary elections.

"I submit to the president of Armenia my proposal to organize a meeting involving a broad spectrum of parliamentary and non-parliamentary forces in the format that he sees fit to discuss the situation in the country and possible ways to overcome it, including early parliamentary elections," Karapetyan said.

The acting premier added that he was "concerned by the current situation and, as the head of the country’s executive branch, has certain obligations to ensure normal life."

He also said that he was to meet with opposition leader Nikol Pashinian on Wednesday "to discuss the current situation and search for solution." However, the meeting was cancelled "because Nikol Pashinian put forward new demands, in particular on the format, agenda and coverage of the meeting."

"He put forward the list of participants from our side and also claimed that he would negotiate solely on his agenda," Karapetyan said. "This cannot be seen as negotiations or dialogue, he only expresses his point of view, his agenda."

"I have never heard of negotiations in this format before," he added.

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