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On January 4, the chairman of the Central Electoral Commission Tigran Mukuchyan stated at the CEC session that the new National Assembly will convene its first session on January 14, 2019.
The new parliament members were elected on December 9, 2018 through snap parliamentary elections. Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s My Step bloc, which has won 70.42% of total votes cast, will gain 88 seats in the new parliament. Prosperous Armenia with 8.26% of votes will have 26 seats, and Bright Armenia with 6.37% of the votes will have 18 seats, resulting in 132 seats total.
The chairman of the Central Election Commission Tigran Mukuchyan also said that 17 candidates from the proportional list of My Step bloc and two candidates from the Bright Armenia Party notified the Central Electoral Commission that they would like to withdraw from their mandate.
These candidates include Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan, Acting Minister of Education and Science Araik Harutyunyan, Acting Minister of Territorial Administration and Development Suren Papikyan, Head of the Control Service David Sanasaryan, and Acting Minister of Transport, Communications and Information Technology Hakob Arshakyan.
Until January 14, Ara Babloyan of the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) will serve as the President of the National Assembly of Armenia. The new Members of Parliament will elect a new Speaker of the House once their term begins.
The new parliament is expected to continue programs of acting Prime Minister Pashinyan which tackles corruption and economic reform, as well as the sharp increase in gas prices in Armenia since January 1, 2019.
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