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Armenian parliament passes state of emergency law

(Xinhua)

09:10, March 02, 2012

YEREVAN, March 1 (Xinhua) -- The National Assembly of Armenia passed a draft law Thursday defining the legal regime in the country in case a state of emergency is imposed.

The 131-member Armenian parliament adopted the draft law with 67 votes for and one against, as two parliamentary opposition parties Heritage and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation refused to take part in the voting.

Local analysts say the law is a precautionary measure by the government ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections on May 6.

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