Constitutional Changes Will Prohibit Double Duty

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The constitutional reforms will prohibit deputies from combining their work in parliament with business activities. According to a member of the commission drafting these changes–former head of the Legal Department of the National Assembly Vladimir Nazarian–this means that members of the boards of directors of joint-stock companies or their presidents will not have the right to participate in parliamentary elections or be registered as candidates.

In the current Constitution executive managers of joint-stock companies mainly become presidents of boards of directors and then are elected deputies and use a deputy’s mandate to further their own businesses. This constitutional omission–according to Nazarian–is advantageous to the executive branch of power–since in this case it is easier to have an "obedient" parliament.

The solution to the problem has been found in the West long ago: in case of such a prohibition a deputy or state official not only completely discontinues his business activities–but also transfers his property into trust management.

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