Wednesday, May 22 2019 13:23
Ani Mshetsyan

Alen Simonyan: In Armenia, not only legislative and executive, but  also judicial power belongs to the people

Alen Simonyan: In Armenia, not only legislative and executive, but  also judicial power belongs to the people

ArmInfo. EU Ambassador to Armenia Piotr Switalski and the US Ambassador to Armenia positively assessed the Prime Minister's aspiration to implement reforms in the country's judicial system. The Vice-Speaker of the National Assembly Alen  Simonyan stated this on May 22 in a conversation with journalists.

He noted that the opposition in Armenia was clearly shocked by all  that was happening and had not yet fully realized that power in the  country belonged to the people. "It's not only executive and  legislative power, the judicial power also belongs to the people. If  the people are not satisfied with the National Assembly, our citizens  can block all entrances and exits to the parliament, this is their  right," the vice- speaker emphasized.

When asked by journalists about why very few people took part in the  action to block the courts, the Vice- Speaker said: " "My Step" bloc  can fill the whole Republic square if they wish, because we cooperate  with our people. All courts were blocked, and many a one took part in  the actions. However, I want to note that we do not interfere in the  affairs of the judiciary, " Simonyan said.

To note,  Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan made an appeal to  the citizens of the republic to block the entrances and exits of all  courts after the former President of Armenia Robert Kocharyan was  released from custody under the guarantee of the former and current  presidents of NKR Arkadi Gukasyan and Bako Sahakyan. At the call of  Pashinyan, the buildings of the courts were blocked, later they were  unlocked. The Ombudsman of Armenia, the Chamber of Lawyers and the  Supreme Judicial Council, a number of international organizations  opposed this step, urging not to interfere in the work of the  judiciary.  

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