YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The parliamentary faction of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) announced at a press conference on Wednesday that it will attempt to introduce several legislative reforms this year. Speaking at the press conference was faction secretary Hrair Garabedian–who noted that–in addition to dealing with pressing social issues and matters of national security–the legislation will address the problem of rampant corruption among government officials.
Specifically–the ARF will present a proposal–Garabedian remarked–dealing with lobbying guidelines that seek to prevent officials from usurping their positions for financial or personal gain. In response to growing public concern–the faction will also try to restructure current laws dealing with Armenia’s national security.
Domestically–Garabedian said the ARF has set its sights on promoting population expansion by providing financial incentives to families that rear multiple children. The further development of small and medium sized businesses–which have in recent times undergone substantial growth–will also be on the faction’s agenda–he said.
Faction member Levon Mkrtchian–who was also present at Wednesday’s conference–said that his party will closely scrutinize Armenia’s electoral code and offer proposals in line with the recommendations made by the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission. Mkrtchian also emphasized that opposition groups must participate in the constitutional reform process–and admonished those circles that have used the ongoing endeavor to their political advantage.