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Seda Ghukasyan

Armenia Gets New Prosecutor General

The Armenian parliament, by a vote of 70-0, today elected Anna Vardapetyan the country’s next prosecutor general.

The parliamentary opposition factions boycotted today’s vote.

Vardapetyan, who had been serving as an assistant to PM Nikol Pashinyan, replaces Artur Davtyan whose tenure expires in September.

Vardapetyan, in a speech to MPs after the vote, brushed aside allegations that her nomination was purely political given her close connection to the prime minster.

Addressing criticism that she has no work experience in the prosecutor’s office, Vardapetyan said “this is an opportunity for me to look at issues from another angle.”

Vardapetyan, a PhD graduate of Yerevan State University’s Law Faculty, served as an adviser to the Minister of Justice and a Deputy Minister of Justice before her March 2020 appointment as assistant to the prime minister.

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