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Senior Armenian MP Opposed To Student Draft
Oct 14, 2008 – By Tatevik Lazarian
Artur Aghabekian, a retired army general who chairs the Armenian parliament’s committee on defense and security, on Tuesday spoke out against government plans to abolish temporary exemptions from military service enjoyed by university students. Armenian law allows draft-age men enrolled in state-run universities to perform the two-year compulsory service after completing their undergraduate and/or graduate studies. The government has reportedly drafted legal amendments that will scrap the deferments. They have not yet been submitted to the National Assembly and, in particular, its standing committee headed by Aghabekian. “I am opposed to that,” Aghabekian told journalists. “I did not express my opposition one day or one week ago. I was always against the passage of such a law, even when I occupied the post of deputy defense minister.”
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