Offended: Orinats Yerkir spokeswoman quits job over election list position

Offended: Orinats Yerkir spokeswoman quits job over election list position

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Susanna Abrahamyan

A veteran spokesperson for the pro-government Orinats Yerkir party has announced her quitting the job over what she thinks is too low a position in the election list.

Susanna Abrahamyan told media on Friday that the party had failed to appreciate her six-year service by placing her only 36th on its proportional list – a position that she says gives no practical chance of entering the National Assembly. She said she thought her place was at least among the top ten candidates.

“This position is insulting to me. I don’t think one is allowed to evaluate the complex work that a press secretary does so low,” Abrahamyan told RFE/RL’s Armenian Service, denying reports that she was increasingly at odds with Orinats Yerkir party vice-chairperson Heghine Bisharyan. She said she would announce her decision whether she stays or quits the party later on.

Orinats Yerkir revealed its list of candidates in the May parliamentary elections last Wednesday, with its top leadership, including government ministers, occupying high positions on it. Among the top ten Orinats Yerkir candidates is also David Karapetyan, who quit his position as the defense minister’s spokesman earlier this month shortly before joining the party led by National Security Council Secretary Artur Baghdasaryan.

This is not the first case when political figures go public with their dissatisfaction with positions offered to them on electoral tickets during the current election season.

Karine Hakobyan, a senior member of the opposition Heritage party, quit the party earlier this week in protest against what she viewed as an unfair distribution of positions in the joint list with the Free Democrats party and public sector representatives.