ArmInfo. Former associate of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan within the "Yelq" bloc, the head of the "Bright Armenia" party Edmon Marukyan sharply criticized the working methods of Pashinyan's cabinet.
Marukyan, on his Facebook page, in particular, complained that Pashinyan's cabinet constantly rejects legislative initiatives submitted by oppositional MPs.
"Thus, this time, our faction presented a package of bills 'On Amendments to the RA Law on Service in National Security Agencies', 'On Amendments to the RA Law on Police Service', 'On Amendment to the RA Law on Public Service ' but the government included these drafts in the list of non-submission documents. That is, the government, in fact, will not discuss the drafts proposed by us, but will only automatically approve a negative opinion on them, " Marukyan wrote, stressing that these legislative initiatives are fully based on the interests of building a democratic system. He stressed that he did not remember a single case, even under the former authorities of the Republic of Armenia, whenever a draft submitted by a lawmaker or an entire faction was included in the list of non- submitted documents.
"Such behavior of the Cabinet of Ministers is absolutely unacceptable and is a dismissive attitude to the" Bright Armenia "faction and to those 80.000 citizens who voted for it at the parliamentary elections", Marukyan concluded.
To note, the draft laws developed by Bright Armenia imply raising the status of the National Security Service and the RA Police to the level of ministries, which will allow these structures to be removed from their sole subordination to the Prime Minister and make them accountable to Parliament. When he was an oppositionist, Pashinyan himself criticized the fact that these structures were accountable to the prime minister, believing that this was an example of a super-premiere system. However, after coming to power, he changed his approaches, finding it inappropriate to give the status of ministries to the National Security Service and the Police. Pashinyan explained this by the fact that in this case the National Security Service and the Police would be overly politicized, and the security forces should not interfere in political processes.