A long-term plan of actions aimed at transitional justice and a mandatory vetting of judges in Armenia may require amendments to the country’s Constitution, according to a deputy minister of justice.
Speaking to reporters after the cabinet meeting on Thursday, Anna Vardapetyan said the process may take up to 1-1.5 years to finalize expected changes. ”Transitional justice implies a set of instruments rather than just a process. Similarly, a separate law on vetting may not be effective,” she explained.
According to the deputy minister, the vetting process will be ”exclusively within the constitution and the laws.”
”The package may carry different names – evaluation of a code of conduct or vetting – depending upon the terminology that the government will opt for,” Vardapetyan added.
Asked whether Artak Zeynalyan’s resignation as Minister of Justice could have been due to a failure to work properly on the vetting package, the deputy minister ruled out such a possibility.