Armenian parliament gives its final approval to military service adjournment repeal

Armenian parliament gives its final approval to military service adjournment repeal

YEREVAN, November 15. /ARKA/. The National Assembly of Armenia passed Wednesday at the second and final reading the government-proposed bill on military service and the serviceman status by 86 of votes cast for it and six against. 

The six MPs who voted against the bill are from YELQ (Way Out) bloc, the only opposition force in the parliament. 

In accordance with the bill passed today at the final reading, the category of students with government-paid tuition fees will be stripped of their right to postpone their military service for post-graduate study. 

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 and five students went on a hunger strike yesterday. Remarkable is that four of them have already seen their army services. --0----

11:56 15.11.2017





 

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