SAYS FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION–REGARDLESS OF IMPLICATIONS–PRIORITY FOR ARF MINISTERS–GOVERNORS
YEREVAN (Yerkir–RFE/RL)–The Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) presented its 100-day record in the coalition government–to journalists and representatives of various non-governmental organizations who gathered at Yerevan’s Ani Hotel on Thursday for the event.
"Our goal is to be accountable to the public–and listen to commen’s and observations that might contribute to fundamental common goals," said the leader of the ARF faction in the National Assembly Levon Mkrtchian.
In a comprehensive report–ARF Supreme Body representative Armen Rustamian–detailed the party’s activities–noting that the event should not be considered separately from the political coalition.
"Public reporting is one of ARF’s commitmen’s in its Memorandum presented to the other members of the coalition for signature," he said–but stressed that the ARF can not force the other members to follow suit.
Fighting corruption has been the top priority of the ministers of agriculture–health and social security as well as two provincial governors affiliated with ARF–the report stated. ARF officials have already asked law-enforcement agencies to investigate several instances of alleged fraud.
Rustamian made it clear that the ARF will not shy away from seeking the prosecution of those government officials who are members of the coalition government.
"Very often participants of the coalition try to act on their own and claim credit for the results of our activities," he said–but added that ARF is ready to "make concessions to preserve the coalition."
Following the presentation–representatives of organizations and others present–carried on a lively discussion that included suggestions and commen’s.