ArmInfo. We have noted more than once that the non-participation of the Prosperous Armenia faction in the vote on the initiative to terminate the powers of President of the Constitutional Court Hrayr Tovmasyan is due to the legal inferiority of the document. On October 7, Iveta Tonoyan, MP from the Prosperous Armenia faction, stated this during briefings in the National Assembly of Armenia.
She noted that representatives of the faction have repeatedly stressed that this document is very doubtful in terms of wording. "The members of our party have repeatedly noted that none of us has any connection with Hrayr Tovmsyan. However, in this case, we found that the rationale is insufficient. I want to assure you that if I myself find any disciplinary violations in the behavior of Hrayr Tovmyasyan, I myself will come up with the initiative to terminate his powers, "the MP emphasized.
Tonoyan also stated that it is quite normal when the opinion of the opposition and the parliamentary majority does not coincide.
In turn, the MP from the fraction of the "My Step" bloc Vladimir Vardanyan noted that the Constitutional Court is one of the most important institutions of Armenia, and the attitude towards it should be appropriate. "In this case, we need to realize that we are not fighting against Hrayr Tovmasyan as an individual. He carried out a disciplinary violation, and we reacted to it. A similar violation and a similar process could take place in the case of any other member of the Constitutional Court," the MP stressed.
Vardanyan also noted that if the Constitutional Court decides that there are no grounds for terminating the powers of Hrayr Tovmasyan, then so be it. "We do not intend to think over the next steps if the Constitutional Court makes a decision opposite to our position. For us, the termination of Tovmasyan's powers is not an end in itself," the MP noted.
At the same time, he said that this process will not be able to solve the crisis prevailing in the Constitutional Court. According to Vardanyan, too many factors are involved in the crisis, and it is impossible to solve them in a similar way.
Head of the faction of Bright Armenia party Edmon Marukyan stated that the faction will take any decision of the Constitutional Court and will reckon with it. "We don't think that the issue of terminating the powers of Hrayr Tovmasyan is the main problem of the country. The ruling bloc came up with this initiative and we joined it, however, we believe that there are much more important issues in Armenia," he emphasized.
He also said that he did not agree with the allegations that a crisis was emerging in the Constitutional Court. "If any body works, then there is no crisis in it, and the Constitutional Court works," Marukyan concluded.
It should be noted that the ruling "My Step" faction initiated a process to terminate powers of President of the Constitutional Court Hrayr Tovmasyan. Parliament has already approved the corresponding draft law, which has been submitted to the Constitutional Court. Members of the Constitutional Court will decide whether Tovmasyan will leave the post or not.