September 28 is the day when Ruben Hayrapetyan, a lawmaker from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia, was to withdraw his formal petition to give up his parliamentary mandate.
Hayrapetyan tendered his resignation on September 5 following the high-profile Harsnakar criminal case. In line with the procedures of the National Assembly, if Hayrapetyan does not withdraw his petition within fifteen working days, the application is accepted automatically.
Based on the aforesaid procedures, NA Speaker Hovik Abrahamyan has already signed a protocol on the early termination of Hayrapetyan's powers as an MP and forwarded it to the Central Election Commission, pastinfo.am reports.
As a result of a June 17 brawl at the Harsnakar Restaurant owned by Republican MP Ruben Hayrapetyan, military doctors Vahe Avetisyan and Artak Bayadyan were hospitalized with serious injuries. Doctor Garik Soghomonyan was transferred to the Central Military Hospital the next day with skull trauma. Avetyan died in hospital without regaining consciousness 12 days later. The uproar following the death of the military doctor made Hayrapetyan renounce his mandate.