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Artsakh Republic NA Convened a Regular Sitting
04 February 2021

February 4, a regular sitting of the Artsakh Republic was convened.

Before proceeding to the issues on the agenda of the sitting, Artur Tovmasyan, the Head of the National Assembly stated that

The Head of the National Assembly Arthur Tovmasyan stated that the "United Motherland" faction had a new Head of the faction, Gagik Baghunts.

Having approved the agendas of the session and the sitting, the parliament proceeded to the issues of the February 4 sitting.

Before discussing the draft law "On the State Budget of the Artsakh Republic 2021", the President of the National Assembly Artur Tovmasyan summed up the results of the preliminary discussions on the budget in the factions and committees and presented the procedure for discussing the draft at the regular sitting of the parliament, defined by the regulations.

Presenting the project, the Minister of Finance Grigory Martirosyan referred to the macroeconomic indicators for 2020 and singled out the sectoral expenditures planned for the current year. Speaking about the proposals made by the NA factions individual deputies on the draft budget, the Minister of Finance noted that as a result of the preliminary discussions of the draft, about 24 proposals have been submitted to the government in writing, amounting to almost 1 billion 50 million drams.

After the presentation of the project the deputies asked the Minister of Finance questions on government funding for loan servicing, review of electricity, gas supply compensation limits, compensation for rent of displaced residents, housing deficit and other issues. State Minister - Minister of Finance Grigory Martirosyan added that the financing of the 2021 state budget will be mainly directed to the social sphere.

Summing up the results of the draft committee discussions with a positive conclusion, related reports have been submitted by Artur Harutyunyan, Chair of the Standing Committee on Budget, Financial and Economic Management of the National Assembly and the Chair of the Committee on Defense, Security and Law Enforcement Seyran Hayrapetyan.

The Chairs of the Head Committees answered the questions raised by the deputies.

Gagik Baghunts, Vice-President of the National Assembly, the Head of the "United Motherland" faction, made a speech during the exchange of views.

According to the law "Rules of Procedure of the National Assembly" the discussion on the draft budget was interrupted in order to receive the parliamentarians' second stage recommendation within 24 hours.

The second issue on the agenda was the issue of electing the Chairman of the Audit Chamber of the Republic of Artsakh.

Arthur Harutyunyan, Chairman of the NA Committee on Budget, Financial and Economic Management, presented the biographical and working activity of the candidate for the Chairman of the Audit Chamber, Vahram Boris Baghdasaryan, as well as the positive conclusion of the Head committee in favor of the nominated candidate.

After the exchange of parliamentary questions and thoughts the parliament held a secret ballot. Then, Eduard Aghabekyan, Chairman of the National Assembly Counting Committee, presented the results of the voting with 22 votes in favor and 9 against, according to which Vahram Baghdasaryan was elected Chairman of the Audit Chamber for a term of 6 years.

After the announced break the NA President continued the sitting with a word of gratitude addressed to the deputies of the lower palace of the "South Australia" state of Australia on the occasion of recognizing the Republic of Artsakh.

The Chairman of the State Revenue Committee of the Republic of Artsakh David Poghosyan touched upon the package of bills concerning the tax sphere. Artur Harutyunyan, Chair of the Committee on Budget, Financial and Economic Management, presented the positive conclusion of the committee on the package of draft laws. As a result of the voting, the packages of laws were adopted unanimously.

The package of draft laws related to tax privileges was also presented by SRC Chairman David Poghosyan. The latter mentioned that they were included in the package of tax privileges

The amendments and additions proposed at the meeting of the head committee regarding the property tax and land tax of the displaced residents. The Chairman of the Head Committee Artur Harutyunyan presented the positive conclusion registered by the committee on the packages and the proposal of the committee in accordance with the requirements of Article 75 of the law "Rules of Procedure of the Republic of Artsakh", on setting the term of the 2nd reading of the issue until February 8 this year. The parliament unanimously voted in favor of setting a deadline for the submission of written proposals on the draft package.

The Parliament unanimously voted in favor of setting a deadline for the submission of written proposals on the draft package.

The draft law "On Making Amendments to the Law "On Remuneration of Public Officials"" was presented by the Artsakh Republic Deputy Minister of Finance, Norayr Avanesyan. The latter added that the proposal submitted by the committee will also be included in the bill. In a related report, Artur Harutyunyan, Chair of the Head Committee, presented the positive conclusion of the committee on the bill.

The sitting was summed up by the statement of the MP Davit Galstyan.

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