YEREVAN, June 27. /ARKA/. Khosrov Harutyunyan, a member of the faction of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia and former prime minister and parliament speaker, finds the criticism of the government’s 2012-2017 program unjustified.
The National Assembly passed the program on Thursday - 75 votes were cast for the program and 47 against. MPs from the Armenian National Congress bloc, Zharangutiun party and some members of Prosperous Armenia party are opposed to the program.
Speaking Wednesday at a news conference, Harutyunyan said that the program opponents were unhappy about the projected indicators and insufficient description of the planned measures.
“They should understand, however, that any program is a political document that declares the government’s key objectives and approaches,” he said. “This is a basis for developing further strategy and more detailed programs.”
Harutyunyan claimed that the criticism of MPs from opposition factions was not actually focused on the content of the government’s program – they questioned the government’s ability to implement it, citing its failure to meet its previous program’s targets.
“I can’t say I am delighted about our government, but is shouldn’t be forgotten that the country than was troubled by the aftereffects of the global recession and the goal was to retain already reached achievements, not to reach new achievements.”
In its new program, the government plans faster economic growth than in developed countries by ensuring 5-7% GDP growth, at least two-fold rise in salaries and increase of total birth coefficient to 1.8. -0-