YEREVAN, JUNE 10, ARMENPRESS: The newly elected members of the parliament, half of which are successful businessmen and members of the new government, to be announced June 12, will have much higher salaries than their predecessors, beginning from July 1, as it is the date when a law on the drastic increase of salaries of heads of legislative, executive and judicial bodies enters into force.
Under the law passed by the outgoing parliament, the salary of parliament members and government ministers will increase two fold making 300,000 Armenian drams ( a little more than $500), the chairman of Court of Appeals, chief prosecutor, chairman of Central Election Commission and Yerevan mayor will receive as much.
The chairmen of parliament and Constitutional Court and the prime minister will get 40,000 Drams more. Under this law, also salaries of governors, judges and other senior government officials will increase significantly.
The 576 million Drams required to support this drastic salary rise is projected by 2003 budget. The increase did not cover officials from tax and customs services. The average salary in Armenia is less than $50.