ArmInfo. Former deputy of the National Assembly of Armenia and ex-Minister of Justice Hrayr Tovmasyan became the new chairman of the Constitutional Court of Armenia. This became clear after the January 21 secret ballot in the country's parliament. For Hrayr Tovmasyan, nominated by NA Speaker Ara Babloyan, 64 deputies voted at 27 against, and 2 ballots were declared invalid.
Hrayr Tovmasyan, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia on State and Legal Issues and Human Rights Protection presented the application for resignation on February 16, as his candidacy was nominated as a member of the Constitutional Court. Gagik Harutyunyan, the former chairman of the Constitutional Court, could no longer perform his duties due to his execution on March 23, 70 years of age, and he no longer has the right to hold this post.
According to the Constitution of Armenia, the Constitutional Court judges elect the National Assembly by at least three fifths of the total number of deputies with a term of 12 years. The Constitutional Court consists of nine judges, three of whom are elected at the proposal of the president, three are from the government, three from the proposal of the General Meeting of Judges. Judges shall remain in office until the performance of seventy years. Hrayr Tovmasyan was born on July 8, 1970 in the village of Darakert in the Ararat region. After serving in the ranks of the Armenian army he received a law degree, is a candidate of jurisprudence. From 1996 to 2001 held various positions in the legal advice service of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Armenia. He acted as a lawyer in various international programs. In the period from April to August 2001 he held the post of Deputy Minister of Nature Protection of RA, and in 2010- 2013. - Minister of Justice of the Republic of Armenia. Since 2013. - Member of the Specialized Commission on Constitutional Reforms under the President of the Republic of Armenia.
In 2014-2017gg. - Secretary General-Head of the Staff of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia. In April 2017 he was elected to the National Assembly on the Republican Electoral List. He was awarded the medals "Mkhitar Gosh" (2013) and "For Services to the Fatherland", 1st degree (2016). He is the author of more than ten scientific articles and manuals. He is married and has three children.