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Rustam Badasyan: The package of laws on early retirement of judges of  the Constitutional Court is an opportunity to leave with dignity

Rustam Badasyan: The package of laws on early retirement of judges of  the Constitutional Court is an opportunity to leave with dignity

ArmInfo.The package of laws on early retirement of judges of the Constitutional Court is an opportunity to leave with dignity, and this decision can in no way be  qualified as humiliating. Minister of Justice Rustam Badasyan, who  introduced amendments to the constitutional law "On the  Constitutional Court' at meetings of the standing parliamentary  commission on state and legal issues, announced this in a  conversation with reporters on December 2.

According to the minister, the current legislation "On the  Constitutional Court" already stipulates such a regulation, according  to which they can retire ahead of schedule before reaching the age  limit for judges of the Constitutional Court.

"Within the framework of the project, in the Judicial Code, we have  introduced new mechanisms for initiating disciplinary proceedings, a  mechanism for checking property status, which will be taken by the  commission for the prevention of corruption," Badasyan said, adding  that these mechanisms will affect not only the judges of the  Constitutional Court, but the entire judicial system as a whole.

<As part of our law enforcement strategy, we also have certain  procedures that will be reflected in the legislation, so we will have  the opportunity to check the trustworthiness of senior officials>,  the minister said.  He added that in relation to other judges, the  same approach to sending to an early retirement pension cannot be  applied taking into account their number.

Thus, according to him, if judges of the Constitutional Court of  Armenia retire before January 31, 2020, then their pension will be  commensurate with their current salary, taking into account the  allowances, which in total exceeds the sum of 600 million drams for  all members of the Constitutional Court. Upon early retirement, each  of the judges of the Constitutional Court will receive more than 1  million drams per month.

It should be noted that the parliamentary opposition represented by  the Enlightened Armenia and Prosperous Armenia parties opposed this  legislative package, however, the bill received a positive conclusion  from the permanent parliamentary commission.

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