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Politik.am writes that Armenia’s ex-military prosecutor Gagik Jhangiryan will become a judge of the Constitutional Court.

“On the one hand, the authorities are doing everything they can to win in the April 5 referendum, and on the other hand, they are preparing candidates who will replace the seven judges who will be leaving the Constitutional Court after the referendum.

Various groups with influence in government are busy lobbying for the candidates who represent their interests, and currently, the most successful candidate of the authorities is ex-military prosecutor Gagik Jhangiryan, who is a candidate representing the team of first President of Armenia Levon Ter-Petrosyan.

According to our sources, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan also supports Jhangiryan’s nomination. Yesterday, Gagik Jhangiryan was a guest speaker on a show aired on Armenian Public Television. During the show, Jhangiryan declared that he won’t provide a political commentary regarding the issues in the country since he is a lawyer, not a politician, and he made this statement because members of the Constitutional Court need to maintain political neutrality.

Despite the government’s efforts, it is hard to imagine that the government will be able to convince the public that Jhangiryan is politically neutral since the wide layers of society remember him as a person linked to several scandalous cases and stories about the interrupted lives of several soldiers,” as reported on the website.

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