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Abstention on Armenian genocide vote vexes supporters of U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar


October 31, 2019

Renee Jones Schneider - Star Tribune

John Parker-Der Boghossian, of the Armenian Cultural Organization of Minnesota, was upset when he heard his representative Rep. Ilhan Omar voted only "present" on the Armenian genocide resolution. "I don't know morally how you do that."

John Parker-Der Boghossian spent Tuesday afternoon closely watching C-SPAN and Twitter with anticipation as the U.S. House considered a historic resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide of a century ago. When he saw a "present" vote pop up on the screen, he was perplexed.

"Who votes 'present' on a genocide resolution?" he thought.


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