The swearing-in ceremony was attended by the oldest voter to have participated in the recent parliamentary elections – a 103-year-old woman. Young people who voted for the first time were also in attendance
Members of Armenia’s National Assembly were sworn in on 10 January to the 7th convocation of the legislative body.
In total, 132 MPs were sworn in.
The official ceremony took place at the National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet.
MPs elected in the early parliamentary elections on 9 December 2018 personally received their parliamentary mandates by voters. Among them was one of the oldest voters in Armenia – Bavakan Piloyan, who is 103 years old. There were also youth among the voters who had voted for the first time in their lives on 9 December 2018.
What parties and forces made it into parliament?
Three political forces entered the National Assembly of the new convocation and 132 individuals received mandates.
The absolute majority in parliament was received by members of revolutionary leader and acting PM Nikol Pashinyan’s My Step bloc with 88 MPs. The Prosperous Armenia Party received 26 mandates, while the Bright Armenia Party received 18.
The first meeting of the new parliament will take place on 14 January.
How positions within the parliament will be distributed
The post of speaker will be held by Ararat Mirzoyan, who was previously the first deputy prime minister of the “revolutionary” government.
The position of the first vice-speaker will be taken by Lena Nazaryan, while the second will be taken by Alain Simonyan. All three represent the My Step bloc.
Prosperous Armenia received the quota for the post of the third vice-speaker, who relied on the opposition, and ranked second in the elections. The party has already announced the name of its candidate, Vahe Enfiajyan.