By Inga Petrosyan
VANADZOR, Armenia — The number of Armenagan-Democratic Liberal Party (ADL) chapters has increased by one. On Monday, November 8, a new Armenagan- ADL chapter, named for Parounag Tomassian, one of the party’s pioneers, was founded here.
Gayane Muradyan, a member of the Armenagan-ADL Executive Committee and ADLWorld Council, explained, “Our chapters are usually named after the party’s highly merited individuals. Parounag Tomassian was one of the great ADL leaders.”
Also present at the opening and the swearing-in ceremony of the recruits was benefactor Papken Megerian, co-chairman of the ADL District Committee of USA and Canada and vice chairman of the Philadelphia chapter of the Tekeyan Cultural Association (TCA), who had come to Armenia.
“I’m glad I’m here to attend the founding of this chapter,” said Megerian, who likewise was present at the recent opening of the Armenagan-ADL chapter in the city of Martuni and accepted the oath sworn to by the recruits.
Prior to the chapter’s opening, Muradyan, Megerian and Seyran Gharibyan, member of the ADL Executive Committee, and chairman of the Vanadzor chapter, which has already been in operation for over a year, met with supporters. Muradyan gave a brief presentation on the party’s history and acquainted the attendees with the Armenagan-ADL programs and activity. “We have programs, which are aimed at the reestablishment of ties between Armenia and the diaspora. We also have long-term plans for economic development,” she said. “We are supporters of reforms, and we have reform programs pertaining to different spheres,” Muradyan noted.