Time in Yerevan: 11:07:36,   20 July

Two Armenian lawmakers suggest hardline total ban on bookmaking

YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 14, ARMENPRESS. Armenian lawmakers Samvel Farmanyan and Mihran Hakobyan are introducing a legislative initiative proposing to prohibit bookmaking and online gambling in Armenia.

Farmanyan presented the bill on amending the law on gambling in parliament.

“The bill refers to banning the activities of bookmakers in Armenia”, he said. “The activities of both local and international bookmaking companies should be banned by law. Both their office presence and online presence must be banned,” Farmanyan said.

He argues that 99,9% of the society in Armenia agree that bookmaking must be banned. He even proposed the ruling party to raise this issue in one of its campaigning rallies.

“The prime minister, on various occasions, has also noted that gambling is harmful not only from the perspective of economic development, but also inflicts irreversible losses to the moral description of our people,” he said.

Farmanyan said he has worked on the bill for more than five years.

“Different governments have brought different arguments on why banning the existence of these bookmakers would be wrong in Armenia. I believe that the parliament can make this important step, for which all of us can sleep calmly, knowing that we are saving people from a potential sinkhole,” he said, adding that bookmaking offices exist in almost all regions of the country.

He added that upon his recommendation the minimum required age for betting was raised from 18 to 21 previously.

Edited and translated by Stepan Kocharyan

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