YEREVAN — The National Assembly on Wednesday voted to nominate Anna Vardapetyan as Armenia’s chief prosecutor. She was elected unanimously by 70 of the 107 deputies who took part in the vote. Both opposition factions were absent from the session.
The current prosecutor general, Artur Davtyan, will complete his six-year term on September 15. He was nominated in 2016 by the country’s former parliament dominated by supporters of President Serzh Sarkissian.
Anna Vardapetyan served as deputy justice minister in 2019 and became Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s assistant for legal affairs in March 2020.
Speaking in parliament ahead of the vote, Vardapetyan pledged to ensure adequate oversight of law enforcement agencies fighting and investigating crimes. She said she would tackle favoritism within these agencies as well as what she called undue delays in criminal investigations and a wider “lack of justice” in the country.
“If the prosecutor is consistent on a criminal case, the citizen will not come to the doors of the government or the National Assembly to demand a [fair] investigating their case,” she said.
The new Attorney General will be sworn in and take office on September 15.