Armenian MP urges students opposed to military service adjournment repeal to stop hunger strike

Armenian MP urges students opposed to military service adjournment repeal to stop hunger strike

YEREVAN, November 14. /ARKA/. Margarit Yesayan, an MP from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia, called on students to end their hunger strike against a bill repealing military service adjournment. 

She said that the bill will be passes any way.  

The lawmaker also said that they should have protest the bill at a period of discussion, but not now, when it has already been passed at the first reading. 

Objecting to the widespread opinion that military service throws cold water on young people’s willingness to go onto further study, she said that postgraduate study will be available after military service. She also declared that the law doesn’t hobble development of sciences.  

In accordance with the law amended recently at the first reading, the category of students with government-paid tuition fees will be stripped of their right to postpone their military service for postgraduate studies. 

The new law gives military service adjournment only to those students who seals contracts with the defense ministry and, complying with their contractual obligations, upon receiving bachelor diplomas will serve in army three years instead of the usual two.  

The bill aroused public outcry. Yerevan students went on strike last week in a protest against the repeal of the military service adjournment right. 

Five of the protesters went on a hunger strike today. Remarkable is that four of them have already seen their army services. --0----

14:25 14.11.2017





 

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