Sharmazanov thinks that sons of Armenian tycoons and officials no longer will dodge military service

Sharmazanov thinks that sons of Armenian tycoons and officials no longer will dodge military service

YEREVAN, November 14. /ARKA/. Eduard Sharmazanov, vice-speaker of the Armenian National Assembly, said that the authorities are wiling to implement substantial reforms to force sons of officials and tycoons serve in army. 

Hayots Ashkhar (Armenian world) newspaper quoted him as saying that the officials are ready to make every effort to leave no room for dodging military service by their sons.   

He said that they would do whatever is necessary to rid the country of privileged categories. 

“Not to serve in army and to dodge military service are different things, and let’s not place them on the same footing,” he said adding that there are also some persons among opposition-minded MPs who ‘have been exempted from military service under the law’. 

In his opinion, only when officials take their sons abroad stating that they have heart disease draft evasion, it can be considered as draft evasion.  

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 studying in universities. 

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. --0----

12:53 14.11.2017





 

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