ArmInfo. At a regular meeting on October 4, the National Assembly of Armenia adopted the initiative of the "My Step" ruling bloc to appeal to the Constitutional Court on early termination of powers of the head of the Constitutional Court Hrayr Tovmasyan. 98 deputies voted for the adoption of the initiative, with one against.
We note, however, that the decision of the National Assembly is advisory in nature, since the final word will belong to the members of the Constitutional Court, which must decide 2/3 of the votes. Recall that the bill on the termination of powers of Hrayr Tovmasyan was sent to the Speaker of the Armenian Parliament Ararat Mirzoyan on September 19. According to the procedure, the parliament, after discussing the issue, by secret ballot and with a 3/5 vote ratio, may decide to appeal to the Constitutional Court to terminate the powers of its head. However, the final decision will remain with the members of the COP.
Meanwhile, on the eve of an interview with one of the TV channels, Hrayr Tovmasyan said that an attempt to change the leadership of the Constitutional Court is an attempt to neutralize his activities. According to Tovmasyan, initiated by the My Step parliamentary faction, the process of changing the head of the Constitutional Court is a political decision aimed at eliminating, as he put it, the "last braking system" in the country. After his departure, the Constitutional Court will become a fully puppet body in the hands of the new government of Armenia, which "will implement political decisions or give them a trade dress," said the head of the Constitutional Court.
At the same time, Tovmasyan did not see any objective reasons to leave his post. He did not deny the existence of family ties with the close circle of the former President of Armenia Robert Kocharian, but noted that, despite the "kindred" pressure, he "acted for the good of the country."