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February 26, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- The Armenian parliament today overwhelmingly approved the third and final reading of a bill allowing Armenia's large diaspora to hold dual citizenship, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reported.
Under the draft law, dual citizenship holders will be able to vote in Armenian elections provided they are registered in the country as residents.
Holders of dual citizenship would be allowed to run in parliamentary and presidential elections after five and 10 years of residency, respectively.
Obtaining dual citizenship would not require conscript-aged men to serve in the Armenian Army.
The country's ruling Republican Party, initially opposed to granting voting rights to members of the Armenian diaspora, backed the bill.