Who’s rich, who’s active in the National Assembly? Monitoring of Parliament activity

Nvard Davtyan

The Parliament Monitoring Program has summed up the results of monitoring of the activity of the National Assembly of fifth convocation during the fist two sessions. The report has been developed on the basis of combination of journalists’ remarks, expert analysis and the statistical program of the parliamentmonitoring.am website.

“The 5-part report is the first about the parliament formed in May 2012. Therefore, the information refers to the MPs and political forces represented in the National Assembly and the relations between them. The report includes reference to the legislative activity and provides an expert analysis of the laws,” head of the program Lusine Vasilyan told reporters today.

Thus, according to the results of the study, the Parliament has been less active in presenting legislative initiatives and with the level of involvement in political decision-making processes, Lusine Vasilyan said.

The Republican and Orinats Yerkir factions have voted against only 1% of the bills. This can be assessed as unequivocal solidarity with the Government’s policy. Prosperous Armenia has mostly abstained from voting. In case of the remaining three factions – the Armenian National Congress, the Armenian Revolutionary federation and the Heritage – the pro and con votes have been distributed more proportionately, Lusine Vasilyan said.

As for the statistics of questions and speeches, the study has revealed change of behavior in favor of the Republican faction (151 questions and speeches). The Heritage faction has been the least active with 28 questions and speeches.

The results of the study indicate that the Prosperous Armenia Party faction is the richest in the Parliament. According to the declarations submitted by the MPs, 20 of them are “dollar millionaires.” The top ten includes four representatives of Prosperous Armenia Party. Gagik Tsarukyan tops the rating followed by Republican Samvel Aleksanyan. The declarations presented by MPs representing the Heritage faction are the most modest.

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