ArmInfo. The crisis around the Constitutional Court of Armenia should be resolved, since this is one of the most important institutions of statehood. On December 10, the President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan stated this during the discussion of amendments to the law "On the Constitutional Court".
The country's parliament continued discussions on amendments to the law "On the Constitutional Court" and the law "On providing activities, services and social guarantees of officials", which proposed introducing a new model for early retirement of judges of the Constitutional Court on a voluntary basis . Introducing the draft amendments RA Minister of Justice Rustam Badasyan noted that the government proposes to introduce a provision, according to which if the judges of the Constitutional Court retire before December 31, 2020, then the amount of their pension within two months will be commensurate with the current salary, which taking into account allowances will total more than 1 million drams per month for each judge. The legislative initiative proposed by the government of the country provoked a sharply negative reaction from representatives of the parliamentary opposition - the Bright Armenia and Prosperous Armenia factions. National Assembly lawmaker from Prosperous Armenia faction Naira Zohrabyan even showed photographs of dilapidated schools for recovering which the state did not have enough resources, while having money for the retirement benefits of the judges of the Constitutional Court. Meanwhile, according to the speaker, the country's public does not trust the current composition of the Constitutional Court, while the chairman of the court is the fourth person in the state hierarchy. "This is a national security issue, and the problem needs to be addressed," the speaker emphasized, urging the participants in the discussion to jointly build a new democratic Armenia - Armenia without corruption, falsification of election results. Ararat Mirzoyan recalled that for 30 years the public has been waiting for the coming to power of a force that will step by step destroy the established order in the country. And now a new force, in contrast to the prevailing opinion of the impossibility of a change of power without armed resistance, has achieved its goal. The new government step by step solves all the existing problems, including in the fight against corruption. In this regard, the speaker expressed bewilderment at the Prosperous Armenia and Bright Armenia factions. Addressing the Prosperous Armenia faction, he suggested that the party and faction are trying to take everyone to the old platforms. "Let's build a new country together, I'm sure you don't need the old corrupt Armenia," the head of parliament said. Speaking about the Bright Armenia faction, the NA President recalled that earlier the faction has always acted as a united front with the former opposition forces of the country. "But today, when we present our visions of solving problems, the destructive cries are heard in response. You need to find your place in the new Armenia," the RA NA President added. He pointed out the democratic nature of the document, considering the Constitutional Court guilty of many issues.
Earlier, the Ministry of Justice noted that as a result of the application of new rates, the monthly prescheduled pension of the chairman of the Constitutional Court will be 1 375 712 drams, and the pension of a member of the Constitutional Court - 1,031,784 drams. The total amount of pensions of 6 judges and the chairman of the Constitutional Court will be 90 796 992 drams per month. The ministry said that if the judge of the Constitutional Court currently receives AMD 793,680, and the chairman - AMD 1,058,240, then this amount will add up to 30% of the salary.
As ArmInfo previously reported, on September 14, the Armenian Constitutional Court rejected the consideration of the deprivation of authority of its head Hrayr Tovmasyan. At the meeting of the Constitutional Court in the case of Hrayr Tovmasyan, in addition to Tovmasyan himself, the recently elected judge Vahe Grigoryan was absent. The only judge to vote for the deprivation of Tovmasyan's powers was Felix Tokhyan. Even the second elected judge, Arman Dilanyan, voted against considering the deprivation of the powers of the chairman of the court. On October 4, the National Assembly of Armenia, with 98 votes in favor, 1 vote against, adopted the appeal prepared by the parliamentary fraction 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. In a statement by the parliament, the Constitutional Court presented four grounds for terminating Tovmasyan's powers. First, he did not have the right to participate in the consideration of the "the Kocharyan case" by the Constitutional Court, since it was connected not only with him, but also with the Republicans, in particular, with former President Serzh Sargsyan. Second, Tovmasyan is the godfather of Kocharian's lawyer Aram Orbelian. Third, Tovmasyan's previous statements on the "March 1 case" give reason to consider his position partial. Fourth justification - Tovmasyan neglected all these circumstances and did not report the impossibility of his participation in the consideration of the "Kocharyan case".