ArmInfo.The deputies of the National Assembly of Armenia at the meeting on October 23 in the second and final reading voted against the draft amendments submitted by the Enlightened Armenia faction to the law "On Service in the National Security Bodies" and the package of related laws. 15 deputies voted for the adoption of the package, while 94 were against.
Recall that the package provided for the appointment of persons to senior positions in national security bodies, as well as other security agencies, to apply criteria that meet the requirements put forward to candidates for deputies or members of the government. According to the leader of the Enlightened Armenia faction Edmond Marukyan, the second reading received only one proposal from the Prosperous Armenia faction, which was rejected by the authors of the package. The deputy noted that there were always problems with the appointment of the chiefs of the SNB and the police. "During the discussion of the government's structure, it was repeatedly noted that law enforcement agencies are political bodies, respectively, should be included in the government, but all our proposals were ignored. We suggest that when appointing people to governing bodies of law enforcement agencies apply criteria that would meet the requirements, put forward before candidates for deputies or members of the government, "said Edmon Marukyan. He also pointed out that the heads of law enforcement agencies should be citizens of Armenia at least 25 years old, have lived at least four years in the republic, have a higher legal education and have at least five years of experience. According to the deputy, the parliamentary system of government implies equal requirements both for deputies, members of the government and judges, and for employees of other structures.
After the October 23 vote, Edmon Marukyan demanded that the Parliament decide to consider the issue in a second reading over the next two weeks, in order to introduce the necessary amendments. This proposal of the deputy was adopted by 113 votes.
Earlier on his Facebook page, Edmond Marukyan noted that the package proposes to exclude the posts of the Chief of Police and the Director of the National Security Service from the list of posts of police officers and national security bodies and to include them in the list of political posts.