Friday, February 14 2020 12:33
Karina Manukyan

Pashinyan: The existence of the Constitutional Court in today`s  format calls into question the whole agenda of institutional reforms  in Armenia

Pashinyan: The existence of the Constitutional Court in today`s  format calls into question the whole agenda of institutional reforms  in Armenia

ArmInfo. Our task is not to establish control over the judicial system, but to create guarantees that the country really has an independent and impartial judicial  system, which is not influenced not only by the government, but also  by some other external or internal force. This was stated by the  Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan during a discussion at the  Friedrich Ebert Foundation on February 13.

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Pashinyan emphasized that the Government took the path of an  anti-corruption reform strategy for the judicial system, working  closely with European partners, including in technical, financial and  practical matters.

Presenting in more detail the reasons for the constitutional  referendum scheduled for April 5, Pashinyan indicated that the new  model of the Constitution was highly praised by international  partners. This model implies that the Constitutional Court should be  balanced and formed according to the following principle:  the  President of Armenia, the government and the general meeting of  judges should nominate three candidates, and the election of  candidates will be held in parliament.

The next important principle is that the term of office of judges of  the Constitutional Court will be 12 years, and one person can be  elected as a judge of the Constitutional Court only once. The term of  office of the chairman of the Constitutional Court will be 6 years,  and at the same time the same person cannot occupy this position more  than once.

Meanwhile, the current model of the Constitution does not provide for  the election of the head of the Constitutional Court until 2035, and  judges of the Constitutional Court will hold this position for 20-30  years. These provisions in the current Constitution, as Pashinyan  emphasized, were achieved through legislative manipulations of the  former authorities. "This is simply an unacceptable situation for us,  because the existence of such a constitutional court calls into  question the whole agenda of institutional reforms in the Republic of  Armenia," he said, pointing out the obvious "party color" of the  current Constitutional Court, adding that .

"We cannot tolerate such a situation," the prime minister emphasized,  pointing out that, subject to the successful outcome of the  referendum, a constitutional court would be formed in accordance with  the Armenian Constitution. 

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