June 21, 2022 - 14:14 AMT
Yerevan: Opposition MP Artur Vanetsyan resigns

Opposition lawmaker from "I Have Honor" bloc, Chairman of Homeland party Artur Vanetsyan has resigned.

Vanetsyan said on social media Tuesday, June 21 that the reason for such a decision was "obvious".

"The citizens of the Republic of Armenia had voted for us to stop the destructive activity of current authorities and to bring the country out of the catastrophe. However, in my opinion, this parliament has ceased to be an effective platform for achieving the goal," Vanetsyan said.

"The Council of Homeland party has made a decision to continue its activities outside the parliament. By the decision of the party, the "I Have Honor" bloc we formed with the RPA ceases to exist de jure and de facto."

Vanetsyan went on a sit-in in mid-April and launched a campaign against Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and his government. Pashinian came under fire after he and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev agreed to start drafting a bilateral peace treaty to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and set up a joint commission on demarcating the borders.