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Armenian MPs talk about country’s success in 2007

By M. Alkhazashvili
Tuesday, January 8
Armenian MPs have given their thoughts on the country’s most important achievements in 2007, the news agency Regnum reports. Speaker of Parliament Tigran Torosyan underlined the completion of first stage reforms as a key moment for Armenia in 2007, whereas Education and Science Minister Levon Mkrtchyan hailed the 2008 state budget, which includes an increased focus on social issues, as the country’s most important achievement.

“This is a social budget and is a big guarantee for country’s development,” he said.

Minister of Environment Protection Aram Arutunyan chose the May parliamentary elections—which the OSCE said “were conducted largely in accordance with OSCE commitments and other international standards”—as a high point for the country in 2007.

However, Shavarsh Kocharyan of the opposition National Democratic Party thinks 2007 was not a particularly successful year for the country. “Despite economic growth, we hardly can name Armenia a competitive state in the region. Current achievements are not enough,” he said.