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Armenian government will not use Georgian anti-corruption policy

By Messenger Staff
Tuesday, March 27
Armenian government MP Gagik Minasyan has rejected the possibility of Armenia using Ukrainian or Georgian methods of combating corruption. Instead, Minasyan believes that it is necessary to establish a civil society which will fight corruption and stop giving or taking bribes. He acknowledged, though, that corruption in Armenia has a systemic character, and is very difficult to combat.

Opposition MPs from DashnakThsuthun party countered that corruption will be defeated only with a change in the ruling power.

According to Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index 2011, Armenia ranks 129th out of 182 countries, alongside the Dominican Republic, Honduras, the Philippines, and Syria, classifying it as very corrupt.