Armenia’s Fight Over the Rule of Law Has Echoes Across the Region

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan attends the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Feb. 15, 2020 (Photo by Alexey Vitvitsky for Sputnik via AP Images).
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan attends the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Feb. 15, 2020 (Photo by Alexey Vitvitsky for Sputnik via AP Images).
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If you thought judicial appointments were an explosive issue in the United States, just look at Armenia, where over the past year, the government of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has declared war on Armenia’s senior judges. Most recently, Pashinyan has called a popular referendum for April 5 to remove seven of the nine judges on the Constitutional Court, whom he accuses of blocking his reform agenda. The government sees this as a last-ditch measure to clean up a corrupt justice system that Pashinyan inherited from former President Serzh Sargsyan. For the judges, it is an assault by politicians on the […]

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