Layer Karen Andreasyan, 33, has been picked by the Republican party of Armenia to be Armenia’s next Ombudsman. Following a largely formal vote in the Republican-dominated National Assembly, he will be appointed on this position at the next parliamentary session.
All I know about him, is that he was the host of a legal-issues program on Armenia TV.
I also found, that he has worked with ABA Rule of Law Initiative to provide an election hotline offering legal assistance in case of election-related problems and irregularities. Sounds good enough to me. And that’s basically it.
Newspapers today were full of Andreasian, but I didn’t read any of that – I was sure, the opposition papers will be criticizing him and calling names, the pro-government ones would be singing praises. I don’t have time for all this.
To me, this is a regular guy, qualified enough for this job, suitable enough for the authorities and not totally unacceptable for the opposition.
More importantly, let’s understand, that this is not a political post. The man is there just to be helpful to us, the little people with little problems. Let’s hope, that when the time comes, he’s there to help and all that taxpayer money used for his staff and nice office is not wasted.
And let’s make sure he understands it is our taxpayer money and it is us he has to serve. Not the ruling party, nor the opposition elite.
As to his political orientation, which he says he has none – the fact of the matter is, if the ombudsman is in conflict with the ruling elite, he can’t work, can’t push his way though.
And really, what do we expect of an ombudsman? What’s the point of asking, what he thinks about the existence of political prisoners in this country. Who cares?