ArmInfo.Elections of the 4th President of Armenia will be held in the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia. The Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the RA Gagik Harutyunyan stated on February 22 in the parliament in an interview with journalists. As the head of the Constitutional Court noted, next week during the next meeting of the legislative body, discussions are expected on nominating candidates for the presidency.
"Let me not comment in detail, as there is still talk about turning to the Constitutional Court with a question," said Harutyunyan, adding that his powers in the CC end on March 23. At the same time, he urged very carefully to get acquainted with the transitional 211st articles of the Constitution. "Article 125 of the Constitution gives the basic legal regulation, but there is also a transitional provision, the essence of which is to establish the characteristics of the transition period." In Article 211 it is clearly stated that the presidential election will be held for the first time in a similar way, that is, it is clearly established that the elections will be held in the RA National Assembly, "the head of the Constitutional Court said.
Earlier ArmInfo reported that lawyers of the opposition parliamentary faction "Elk" prepared an appeal to the Constitutional Court on the issue of constitutional confusion that arose around the presidential elections in Armenia. The head of the faction Nikol Pashinyan on his official Facebook page reported this. "We intend to demand from the Constitutional Court that the position of the NA Constitution on holding elections of the 4th president in the National Assembly be unconstitutional," he said. To appeal to the Constitutional Court, signatures of 21 deputies are necessary, in connection with which the "Elk" bloc appealed to the "Tsarukyan" bloc. It should be noted that a number of experts believe that the election of the fourth president should be held according to the old order, that is, by a national vote, since Article 125 of the Constitution providing for the secondary presidential elections comes into force on the first day of his term. Other experts argue that this issue is regulated by the transitional 211 article of the Constitution, which stipulates that presidential elections must be held in accordance with Article 125 of the Constitution not earlier than 30 days and not later than 40 days after the expiration of the powers of the incumbent president.