YEREVAN, May 22. / ARKA /. By a vote of 70 to 1 and 2 abstentions Armenia’s National Assembly has passed today the government’s plan of actions for 2014-2017.
The parliamentary minority represented by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation/Dashnaktsutyun (ARF), the Armenian National Congress, the Prosperous Armenia and the Heritage parties did not participate in the voting. The plan was backed by members of the Republican Party of Armenia that controls 70 seats in 131-member legislature.
Hrant Bagratyan from the oppositional Armenian National Congress and Alexander Arzumanyan from Heritage participated in the voting but abstained saying they saw ‘sound elements’ in the program.
Karen Botoyan from Country of Law said he had walked out from his faction because of going to vote for the program.
The plan of actions calls for priority growth rate due to a 5 percent medium-term growth from 2014 to 2017. It envisages also a gradual rise of the minimum wage to 65,000 drams and reduction of poverty by 10 percentage point.
The 2014 budget approved earlier this year calls for a 5.2% GDP growth. The minimum wage was raised lust summer to 45,000 drams and according to official data; the poverty rate is above 32 percent now.
The new government’s program’s focus is on ensuring fair wages, agricultural sector, small and medium-sized businesses, information technology, tourism and many other areas. \A special attention will be paid also to proportional development of the regions of the country as well as to ensuring an effective system for protection of human rights and justice.
The new program offers a set of new tools designed to improve the situation in such areas as social protection, health , education and science.
Hovik Abrahamyan was appointed prime minister on April 13 replacing former head of the government Tigran Sarkisian. According to the Constitution, the new government was formed within twenty days after the appointment of prime minister.-0-