ArmInfo. ''Of course, I do not know the strategy of the My Step bloc and the authorities, in general, in the direction of resolving the problem around the Constitutional Court. However, in my opinion, one of the options is renewal of everything that is relevant to this structure. Everything, excluding the two judges of the Constitutional Court elected after constitutional amendments that entered into force in December 2017''. A similar opinion was expressed to ArmInfo by Director of the Armenian Institute of International and Security Affairs Stepan Safaryan.
On September 14, the Constitutional Court of Armenia rejected the consideration of the deprivation of authority of its head Hrayr Tovmasyan. On October 4, the National Assembly of Armenia with 98 votes in favor and "1 vote against" adopted the appeal prepared by the parliamentary faction of the "My Step" bloc to the Constitutional Court on the termination of the powers of Hrayr Tovmasyan. The initiative of the ruling party was initially supported by colleagues from the Bright Armenia faction.
"A clear sequence of steps and actions is necessary along this way. Thus, structures having the authority to appoint judges of the Constitutional Court should nominate and approve candidates for future judges. The latter will elect the chairman of the Constitutional Court from their own composition, which will automatically make usurpers who are calling themselves judges outlawed. They will have no choice but going home, "he said.
According to Safaryan, in parallel with the change in the judicial composition, it is necessary to change the building where they will work, as well as the staff. After that, all resources provided by the state budget for the organization of the Court's work will be transferred to the renewed Constitutional Court. And the entire document flow, in particular, international treaties, in his opinion, should be sent and received exclusively by the Constitutional Court, formed under the current legislation.
According to media, at a meeting of the Constitutional Court in the case of Hrayr Tovmasyan, besides Tovmasyan himself, the recently elected judge Vahe Grigoryan was also absent. The only judge who voted"for" the deprivation of Tovmasyan's authority was Feliks Tokhyan. Even the second elected judge, Arman Dilanyan, voted against considering the question of depriving a judge of his powers.
In its appeal to the Constitutional Court the Parliament presented four reasons for termination of Tovmasyan's authority. First, he had no right to participate in the consideration of the "Kocharian's case", by the Constitutional Court since he had connection not only with Kocharyan, but also with the Republicans, in particular with former president Serzh Sargsyan. Secondly, Tovmasyan is the godfather of Kocharyan's lawyer Aram Orbelian. Thirdly, Tovmasyan's previous statements on the "March 1 case" give reason to believe his position is biased. Fourth justification - Tovmasyan neglected all these circumstances and did not inform about the impossibility of his participation in the consideration of the "Kocharyan case".